Heat eliminate Bucks, will play Celtics or Raptors in conference finals


The Miami Heat are going to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2014.

The Heat eliminated the No. 1 seed Milwaukee Bucks in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series Tuesday night inside the NBA bubble. The Heat have now reached the conference finals seven times since 2005 -- the most of any East team.

The Bucks were without reigning MVP and superstar forward Giannis Antetokounmpo in Game 5 because of an ankle injury, and despite a valiant effort, Milwaukee was unable to force a Game 6 and lost 103-94.

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The Heat will play either the Boston Celtics or Toronto Raptors in the conference finals. The Celtics earned a dominant Game 5 win over the Raptors to take a 3-2 series lead. Game 6 of the series is Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. ET.

The Celtics and Heat last met in the conference finals in 2012 when Miami prevailed in Game 7. The Heat also beat the Celtics in a five-game conference semifinals series in 2011 and lost to Boston in a five-game first-round series in 2010.

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The Raptors and Heat have met only once in the playoffs -- a conference semifinals series in 2016 that Toronto won in seven games.