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Sports Giannis watches in 2nd half as Nets beat Bucks 119-116

01:06  05 august  2020
01:06  05 august  2020 Source:   msn.com

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot hit back-to-back 3-pointers to put Brooklyn ahead to stay, and the Nets beat Milwaukee 119-116 on Tuesday to keep the Bucks from clinching the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

Luwawu-Cabarrot finished with a career-high 26 points. Garrett Temple scored 19, Tyler Johnson and Justin Anderson each had 11 and Rodions Kurucs and Chris Chiozza had 10 apiece.

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“We didn't have our best four out there, so obviously it's an opportunity for everybody coming up and next man up mentality,” Luwawu-Cabarrot said.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 16 points playing only the first half for Milwaukee, which has lost two of three seeding games. Kyle Korver scored 13 points, and Ersan Ilyasova had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Frank Mason III added 11 points.

Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer wanted to get some of his Bucks rest at this point in the schedule.

“Thursday or whenever it is we play Miami we’ll be back to something more what I guess you’d consider normal and continue to build toward the start of the playoffs,” Budenholzer said.

The Bucks sounded eager to forget this loss.

“We’ve got to move on," said guard Eric Bledsoe, who made his bubble debut. "Things like this happen. It happened last year. No one’s perfect. We’ve got a great team, but no one’s perfect.”

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Giannis Antetokounmpo had 36 points, 18 rebounds and eight assists for Milwaukee. He joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only players to have 15 games with at least 30 points, 15 rebounds and five assists in a season He added two free throws to leave Houston up 119 - 116 with 14 seconds left.

The Nets have a patchwork lineup but are fighting Orlando for seventh place in the East and putting more distance between ninth-place Washington as they try to avoid a play-in for the final post-season spot.

Brooklyn led 94-88 at the start of the fourth, and the Bucks went on a 16-10 run to take their first lead of the second half at 107-104 on a 3-pointer by D.J. Wilson with 5:31 left. Sterling Brown's 3 with 3:56 to play put the Bucks up 110-107.

Chiozza scored on a reverse layup, then Luwawu-Cabarrot hit a 3 with 2:59 left to put the Nets ahead to stay. He added a second with 2:31 to go. Korver hit a long jumper with 1:48 left, but it was ruled two points and not a 3 that would have tied it at 115.

Luwawu-Cabarrot played 31 minutes and was 8 of 12, including 5 of 7 from 3-point range. Nets coach Jacque Vaughn said they’ve been trying to find the right role for the guard.

“Hopefully, we found a sweet spot for him,” Vaughn said. “Seems like he’s in a good rhythm. We’ll continue to put him in positions where he can take advantage of his speed and shooting ability.”

Booker's buzzer-beater keeps Suns unbeaten in the bubble

  Booker's buzzer-beater keeps Suns unbeaten in the bubble LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Devin Booker made a turnaround jumper over Paul George as time expired, capping a 35-point performance and giving the Phoenix Suns a 117-115 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday. The Suns improved to 3-0 in the bubble as they chase a playoff spot. Kawhi Leonard had tied the game with two free throws with 31.3 seconds to go. Ricky Rubio missed a shot after that and Ivica Zubac got the rebound, but he threw a bad pass that Mikal Bridges stole to give the Suns another chance. Booker dribbled left before being cut off by Leonard.

The Bucks really should have attacked him on switches and got Giannis and Lopez on him. People with the "nobody can beat the Bucks without a center" when Houston was down two possessions with a couple minutes left in the game looking like total clowns now.

[–]King Giannis 2OP4me 1 point2 points3 points 1 day ago (2 children). We didn’t have to lose. I watched the game and the Bucks did not treat it like a tune-up game. If we had even half as many turnovers, that game was ours. Besides, they're not making it out of the 2 nd round anyway. Fuck the Rockets.

Milwaukee appeared ready to clinch from the opening tip as the Bucks scored eight of the first 10 points and hit 7 of 14 beyond the arc. The Nets led 40-34 at the end of the first quarter and 73-65 at halftime.

TIP-INS

Nets: With a playoff spot all but wrapped up, they rested C Jarrett Allen, G/F Joe Harris and G Caris LeVert, who scored 34 points in a win over Washington on Sunday. That allowed Jamal Crawford, 40, to make his debut and become the oldest active player in the NBA after being signed as a replacement player. Crawford checked in with 4:35 left in the first quarter. He left early in the second with an injured left hamstring and didn't return. This was his first NBA game since April 2019.

“We’ll get him diagnosed and see what happens from there," Vaughn said. "I’m telling you, I love having him around. It was awesome to see him on the floor tonight, and I look forward to him being on the floor again.”

Bucks: G Wesley Matthews sat out with a sore right calf with starting centre Brook Lopez also out. But G Pat Connaughton joined Bledsoe in making their debuts inside the bubble. Both played 18 minutes and scored eight points each.

HEY DADDY

Antetokounmpo had his baby son on hand at the NBA bubble for this game. Liam made an appearance on the screen behind the Bucks' bench as a virtual fan. That might have been why the reigning NBA MVP got mad at Nets centre Donta Hall when he was pushed to the floor early in the second quarter with both players given a foul.

STAT WATCH

The Nets made 14 3s in the first half for their best half all season beyond the arc and finished with 21 of 57. ... Brooklyn’s best first quarter came March 6 when the Nets scored 41 points against San Antonio, but the Nets tied their second-best with 40. ... The Bucks turned it over 19 times.

UP NEXT

Nets: Play Boston on Wednesday night.

Bucks: Play Miami on Thursday.

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Giannis suspended 1 game for headbutting Wizards' Wagner .
Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo has been suspended one game without pay by the NBA for headbutting Washington Wizards center Mo Wagner, the league announced Wednesday. The reigning MVP will sit out of the Bucks' final seeding game Thursday against the Memphis Grizzlies. Antetokounmpo was assessed a flagrant-2 foul and ejected in the second quarter of Tuesday's contest for the infraction. The 25-year-old apologized postgame for his actions and said he doesn't have any ill will toward Wagner."I don't think I was frustrated with Wagner," Antetokounmpo said. "I think it was just the whole buildup of dirty plays in my mind.

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