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Bulls beat Raptors, set to face Heat — with Milwaukee Bucks waiting



FILE - Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo reacts after making a basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

A 39-point from Zach LaVine led the Chicago Bulls to a 109-105 win over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday.

The Bulls overcame a 19-point in the play-in matchup. They now face the Miami Heat on Friday with the winner getting the privilege of facing the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the playoffs.

The Bucks were 2-2 against the Heat this season, but only really had Giannis Antetokounmpo for one of those games.

He sat in both losses and was injured six minutes into one of the wins. In the other win, the 28-year-old forward had 35 points, 15 rebound and 11 assists. He missed six shots (13-for-19) in the 123-115 win.

The Bucks went 2-2 against the Bulls this season, including an overtime loss.

Oddly enough, Antetokounmpo played in both losses and sat in one of the two wins. Jrue Holiday also didn’t play in one of the losses.

Host of WIZM's La Crosse Talk PM | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate | Hometown: Greenville, Wis | Avid noonball basketball player and sand volleyballer in La Crosse

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