Bucks finally take the win over the Nets

The Milwaukee Bucks and the Brooklyn Nets faced off each other for Game 3 on Thursday night.

After losing both Game 1 and Game 2, the Milwaukee bucks finally defeated the Nets 86-83 in Game 3, cutting the Nets series lead to 2-1.

Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo combined for 60 plus point to give the Bucks their much-needed win.

While the Nets played without James Harden and Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving combined for fifty-plus points in the losing effort.

The Bucks started strong, taking a double-digit lead over the Nets in the first quarter. But the Nets quickly made comeback in the second quarter.

Going head to head in the second half, the Bucks ultimately came up with a win in the end.

The Bucks controlled the first quarter.

Kevin Durant blocked Khris Middleton at the start of the first quarter. Middleton came up with the first bucket of the game, dropping a mid-range jumper.

Subsequently, Giannis Antetokounmpo drove straight to the rim and dropped a dunk.

He came up with another dunk, leading to a 9-0 run with 8:25 remaining in the first quarter.

Bruce Brown Jr finally came up with a bucket for the Nets on Kevin Durant’s pass.

They were 9-22 with 2:44 remaining in the quarter, as Antetokounmpo found Khris Middleton for a three-pointer, extending the lead to 16 points.

Middleton came up with another three-pointer and Antetokoumpo dropped a layup then the Nets dropped a bucket.

And the first quarter ended 30-11, with the Bucks taking the lead.

The Nets cut the lead in the second quarter.

Down 19 points in the first quarter, the Nets needed to find their rhythm to hold the chance for the win in the game.

The Nets started the second quarter quickly with Kyrie Irving dropping a back-to-back bucket a few seconds into the quarter.

Slowly the Nets started to gain momentum from there as they made a 15-2 run with 7:43 remaining in the quarter behind brilliant shooting from Bruce, KD, and Kyrie.

They were 31-35 with only four points behind the Bucks with under four minutes remaining in the game. 

Making the comeback in the game after falling by double-digits earlier.

The Nets continued to cut the lead. Irving knocked down a pull-up jumper and the lead cut to two-point.

The quarter ended 42-45 with the Bucks taking an only three-point lead into the third quarter.

Both teams going head to head in the third quarter.

The Nets still trailing the Bucks as Middleton gets inside for a layup and Durant answered right back with a jumper.

They went back and forth scoring buckets and the Bucks with a five-point lead.

Irving dropped a three-pointer and Giannis came up with a layup on the other end.

Durant knocked down a three-pointer and cut the Bucks lead to a point about halfway into the quarter.

Brook Lopez blocked Joe Harris, stopping him from getting a bucket and taking the lead for the Nets.

Giannis dropped a jumper, extending the lead again.

Durant subsequently knocked down a three-pointer, tying the game at 57-57 with 4:49 remaining in the third quarter.

But Lopez answered right back with a three-pointer.

Going head to head they were 63-64 with just over a minute left in the quarter.

Lopez and Thanasis Antetokounmpo blocked the Nets’ every advances at the final seconds of the quarter.

This ended the third quarter 65-67 with the Bucks taking a two-point lead after the final seconds hustle.

The Bucks finally take the win.

Irving came up with a three-pointer, cutting the lead to a point, early in the fourth quarter.

They were 70-71 as Giannis knocked down a three-pointer, taking 4 point lead with under 10 minutes left to play.

Durant answered right back with a turnaround jumper.

Middleton lost the ball and Bruce Brown dropped a dunk in transition to tie the game again at 74-74.

Giannis knocked down a jumper and Lopez blocked Irving at the rim.

They have tied again at 76-76 with 5:16 remaining in the game.

With neither team scoring, both the teams tied until 2:45 remaining in the game.

Then Middleton scored a mid-range jumper taking a two-point lead.

Durant answered right back with a jumper.

All tied again, the duel began with Middleton dropping a jumper and Durant answering back with a jumper and then with a three-pointer.

With the three-pointer, the Nets finally took the lead.

They were 83-82 with 24.7 seconds remaining as Jrue Holiday gets inside, dropping a layup and taking the lead for the Nets with 11.4 seconds left.

There was quite a hustle after that, Brown driving straight to the rim but failed to knock down a layup and the Bucks drew the foul and took the win a free throw line.

The Bucks finally got the much-needed win, defeating the Nets 83-86.

They now have a chance to tie the series in Game 4 on Sunday.

Giannis and Middleton led the Bucks.

It was all Giannis and Middleton on the offensive end as each of them dropped 30 plus points for the Bucks’ win.

Khris Middleton led the Bucks, scoring 35 points and a career-high 15 rebounds double-double along with an assist.

While Giannis Antetokounmpo came up with 33 points and 14 rebounds double-double along with 2 assists.

”At the end of the day, a win is a win,” Antetokounmpo said. ”It doesn’t matter if you win by 30. It doesn’t matter if you win by one. You can go back home and celebrate the `W.’ ”

They combined for 79% of the Bucks points tonight, the highest by any duo in NBA playoff history.

Jrue Holiday dropped 9 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists, including a layup in the final few seconds of the game that put the Bucks in the lead.

”I felt like maybe they thought I was going to call a timeout,” Holiday said. ”I think in my head, I was thinking maybe I should run some clock. But I saw Bruce Brown one-on-one, so I made a move. It was a good one and I ended up getting a layup.”

Milwaukee’s defense helped a lot in the game.

Brook Lopez who scored only three points made a huge impact on the defensive end with 11 rebounds and six huge blocks at the time of need.

In the final seconds of the game, their defense helped seal the game.

”I think part of it is playing desperate, knowing the situation, knowing what this game means to us and what it means to be home,” Holiday said. ”And then the other part of it is the performance we had the first two games, showing that’s not the type of defense we play. That was really out of character.”

Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Bruce Brown Jr for the Nets.

The Nets played with their star player James Harden and Jeff Green due to injuries.

James suffered an injury in the opening minute of Game 1 while Jeff ruled out since Game 2 of the playoffs first round against the Boston Celtics.

As a result, everything lied in the hands of Kevin and Kyrie.

Both performed well after the first quarter, combined for 55 points for the Nets.

The Nets were down but 19 points in the first quarter, but with the help of Bruce Brown, Kevin and Kyrie managed to cut the lead entering the half and even made a comeback taking the lead in the final minute of the game.

But it was not enough to hold the Bucks in the end.

Kevin led the Nets, scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds double-double along with 5 assists.

”We didn’t make shots down the stretch,” Durant said. ”I think we rushed a couple of opportunities there.”

While Kyrie dropped 22 points, 5 rebounds, and an assist.

‘That’s a good old-fashioned playoff game right there,” Irving said.

Meanwhile Bruce Brown contributed 16 points and 11 rebounds double-double along with 3 assists in the losing effort.

 

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