The Milwaukee Bucks have qualified for the second round of the NBA playoffs. The title candidate from the Eastern Conference won in the first game after the anti-racism break on Saturday night against the Orlando Magic 118: 104.
In the series, after the bankruptcy at the start, it was the necessary fourth victory to move into the second round. There the Bucks meet the Miami Heat, which had prevailed against the Indiana Pacers without defeat.
For a long time, the Bucks looked like the sure winner, but suddenly only three points ahead in the fourth quarter. But the team around Giannis Antetokounmpo was not unsettled and moved away again. The candidate for the award for most valuable player in the main round came up with 28 points, 17 rebounds and three assists.
The Bucks had refused to play Magic in game five on Wednesday, protesting the recent police violence against an African American and ongoing racism in the United States .
The strike had triggered a historic wave of protests in US sport, in which teams and players from the WNBA (women’s basketball), MLS (soccer), NHL (ice hockey), MLB (baseball) and NFL (American football ) and the Tennis Masters in New York.
The Bucks and Magic did without symbolic gestures that went beyond kneeling at the national anthem before their game.