If you have this strange feeling of history repeating itself, you’re right, we’ve been here before. Earlier this season, former Pistons forward Khris Middleton cashed in on a spinning, last-second 3-pointer from the left wing to lift his Milwaukee Bucks over the Phoenix Suns.
Tuesday night, Middleton found himself in a familiar situation. Trailing by two with under 10 seconds remaining in a crucial contest against the Miami Heat, a wild scramble for a loose ball somehow ended up in his hands with under two seconds remaining. Same spot. Same result.
The victory allowed Milwaukee to remain secure as the sixth seed in the East while the Heat’s hold on the seventh seed has become increasingly unstable, with less than three games standing between them and four other ballclubs all vying for position in the Eastern Conference playoff race (Boston, Charlotte, Indiana, & Brooklyn).
Middleton, who was drafted 39th overall by the Pistons in 2012 but played just 27 games in Detroit, struggled from the field for most of the night against the Heat, hitting just 4-16 shots before stepping up to the plate and inciting a near-riot at the BMO Harris Bradley Center by drilling one of the biggest shots of the year. The Bucks were otherwise paced by Ersan Ilyasova’s 19 points.
Middleton is averaging 13.1 points and 4.5 rebounds for a Bucks team who originally acquired his rights as a part of the 2012 trade involving Brandon Jennings and Brandon Knight.