by Harry Porter | Here is the significant NBA Playoffs news from Monday night: The Heat take game one over the Bucks, OKC forces game seven against the Rockets and Brandon Ingram is named NBA’s most improved player of the year.
1 Milwaukee Bucks vs. 5 Miami Heat, Game 1: 115-104 (MIA leads 1-0)
The Miami Heat put the Eastern Conference on notice after securing a dominant 115-104 game one win over the Milwaukee Bucks. The Heat and Bucks went back and forth before Miami pulled away late in the fourth quarter. The Heat were led by Jimmy Butler (40p/4r/2a/2s), Goran Dragic (27p/6r/5a) and Bam Adebayo (12p/17r/6a/2s). The Heat did an excellent job of limiting Giannis and forcing him to the foul line where he only made 4/12 attempts. The Bucks will look to bounce back in game two as they lose game 1 in the second straight series.
4 Houston Rockets vs. 5 Oklahoma City Thunder, Game 6: 104-100 (Series tied 3-3)
OKC came into game six facing a win or go home scenario and knew it would be a back and forth contest all game. While down late in the fourth quarter, OKC did not give up easily and Chris Paul (28p/7r/3a/3s) hit a clutch step-back three pointer to tie the game at 98-98 with 2:50 left in the fourth quarter. OKC held on to win 104-100 after a huge turnover from Russell Westbrook gave the Thunder the victory. Westbrook finished the game with seven turnovers. Danilo Gallinari contributed 25 points and Steven Adams corralled 14 rebounds for OKC as well. Look for an exciting game seven between the teams that swapped Paul and Westbrook this past offseason.
In other NBA news, New Orleans Pelicans’ Brandon Ingram was voted the Kia Most Improved Player of the 2019-2020 NBA season. Ingram won the award over the Miami Heat’s Bam Adebayo and the Dallas Mavericks Luka Dončić. Ingram averaged 23.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.2 assists and a steal on the season. All of those numbers were single-season career highs for Brandon.