Khris Middleton scored 38 factors, Giannis Antetokounmpo additional 30 and the Milwaukee Bucks never trailed in a 104-89 victory around the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday evening to force a decisive seventh sport in their second-round playoff collection.
Match 7 will be Saturday night time in Brooklyn. The property team has gained each individual of the initial six game titles in this series.
Milwaukee hardly ever trailed and broke the activity open by going on a 14- run that started with a lot less than 8 ½ minutes left.
Middleton answered just about every Brooklyn comeback endeavor and experienced 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals to go alongside with the optimum scoring total of his playoff occupation. Antetokounmpo had 17 rebounds.
The Bucks shot just 7 of 33 from 3-place variety but manufactured up for it by outscoring the Nets 26-4 in speedy-split details.
Milwaukee bounced back again two nights following blowing a 17-level guide in a 114-108 Game 5 reduction at Brooklyn that showcased an epic 49-position, 17-rebound, 10-guide efficiency from Kevin Durant.
Durant had 32 details and 11 rebounds Thursday. James Harden additional 16 points but however looked as while he was at much significantly less than complete strength in his 2nd match given that returning from a hamstring injuries.
Harden had remaining Sport 1 in the opening moment with ideal hamstring tightness and returned in Game 5 but shot 1 of 10 and scored just 5 details.
The Bucks owned a 14-position lead early in the 2nd half just before Durant all over again sparked a third-quarter comeback, scoring 10 straight Nets details during a single stretch.
Brooklyn lower Milwaukee’s direct to 72-67 with 1:27 left in the third when Harden manufactured two free throws soon after having fouled on a 3-position shot. Middleton restored Milwaukee’s double-digit benefit by scoring the previous 6 factors of the third quarter, such as a putback at the buzzer.
Milwaukee extended the direct to 15 early in the fourth quarter, but Brooklyn stormed back again once more with 10 straight points, as Joe Harris’ 3-pointer manufactured it 82-77 with 8:41 still left. Middleton again responded, drawing a foul on Harris although shooting a 3-pointer and generating all a few cost-free throws.
All those no cost throws commenced a 14- operate that provided seven details from Antetokounmpo. The two-time MVP capped the spurt by converting an offensive rebound into a dunk with 6:24 still left.
Nets: The Nets utilized their 41st various starting up lineup (Durant, Harden, Harris Blake Griffin and Jeff Environmentally friendly) of the season. They’ve utilized 4 different beginning lineups in 11 playoff online games. … Durant is 1 of only two gamers to rating at least 30 points towards the Bucks at the very least seven times in a year (standard time and playoffs put together). Michael Jordan had 7 video games of at minimum 30 points from Milwaukee in 1989-90.
Bucks: Middleton was 5 of 8 from 3-place variety. His teammates ended up a put together 2 of 25. … The Bucks are 5- from the Nets at house this period and have a 5- total residence playoff document. They are 12-2 all-time in playoff game titles at Fiserv Forum. … Antetokounmpo has 10 straight playoff double-doubles and 4 consecutive playoff game titles with at minimum 30 details and 10 rebounds.