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“I don’t think that was a foul,” he said after the game, per Nick Friedell of ESPN.com. “I grabbed the ball. But the ref said that I grabbed his hand. I just got to live with that call and just move forward because that’s what players do. Hopefully next time I can knock down the free throw and not get into that situation.”
Antetokounmpo missed his second of two free-throw attempts, leading to a scramble on the rebound. He was called for a foul, and Terry Rozier was able to extend the three-point lead to four with little time remaining on the clock.
Meanwhile, Rozier thought it was a make-up call from tough breaks the rest of the game.
“There were a lot of tough calls tonight, but I think they owed us that one,” the guard said of the controversial late foul, per Kevin Duffy of MassLive.
While the call didn’t directly decide the game, the Bucks would have had a much better chance with their star player still in the game for the final few possessions. The 6’11” Antetokounmpo also would have been favored to win the jump ball against the 6’2″ Rozier.
Antetokounmpo finished with 35 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists in a game that featured a wild finish to regulation:
However, the Bucks weren’t able to take advantage in overtime.
Milwaukee will have to come back even stronger in Game 2 on Tuesday. Otherwise, this could end up being its eighth straight first-round exit.