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Sports Bucks blow big lead, then rally to edge Nets 86-83 in Game 3

07:45  11 june  2021
07:45  11 june  2021 Source:   thecanadianpress.com

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The Bucks won 86 - 83 and the Nets lead the series 2-1. (AP Photo/Morry Gash). STEVE MEGARGEE. June 11, 2021, 3 :30 AM·5 min read. MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jrue Holiday figured the Brooklyn Nets expected him to call a timeout as soon as he got the ball with his team trailing by one in the final Brooklyn led 83-82 when Brown missed a jumper with just over 20 seconds left. Antetokounmpo got the rebound, the Bucks worked the ball upcourt and Holiday drove to the basket to put Milwaukee ahead for good 84-83. Milwaukee's defense took over from there as it continued its resurgent performance

Bucks blow big lead , then rally to edge Nets 86 - 83 in Game 3 . — Jrue Holiday made a go-ahead driving layup with 11.4 seconds left and the Milwaukee Bucks edged the Brooklyn Nets 86 - 83 on Thursday night to pull within 2-1 in the Eastern Conference semifinals. All Basketball News. Playoff Series.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jrue Holiday figured the Brooklyn Nets expected him to call a timeout as soon as he got the ball with his team trailing by one in the final minute.

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Instead, Holiday delivered just in time to keep the Milwaukee Bucks from falling into a hole from which no NBA team has ever recovered.

His driving layup with 11.4 seconds left put the Bucks ahead for good and they held on for an 86-83 victory Thursday night that cut Brooklyn's lead to 2-1 in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

“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.”

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The Nets , who blew out the Bucks in Game 2, suffered a hard-fought 86 - 83 loss Thursday night in Milwaukee and now hold a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal. Jrue Holiday overcame his game -long struggles to score the go-ahead basket in the closing seconds and Khris Middleton Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 33 for Milwaukee. Khris Middleton, who scored 35 points, goes up for a layup during the Nets ’ 86 - 83 loss to the Bucks . NBAE via Getty Images. Kevin Durant who scored 30 points after a rough first half, missed a chance for a game -tying 3 -pointer at the buzzer.

The Milwaukee Bucks have earned a game back, as they were able to earn a hard-fought victory vs. the Brooklyn Nets , 86 - 83 in Game 3 . Brooklyn now leads the series, three games to one. Milwaukee’s offense finally began to click in the first quarter, with both Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton playing like their typical Baskets would be scored back-and-forth. A Jrue Holiday lay-in would give the Bucks a lead , which the Bucks would then protect as Khris Middleton iced things at the free throw line. Kevin Durant’s 3PA was on-line, but ultimately rimmed out. Milwaukee would escape victorious, 86 - 83 .

Kevin Durant’s 3-point attempt to tie bounced off the rim as the horn sounded. He scored the Nets’ last nine points and finished with 30.

The Bucks will try to even the series Sunday in Milwaukee.

Milwaukee relied on its defense as a game featuring the NBA’s two highest-scoring teams from the regular season turned into a 1990s-style defensive slugfest.

Brooklyn had its lowest scoring output of the season. Milwaukee matched its lowest point total of the season from its 125-86 Game 2 loss.

“Someone was going to win ugly,” Nets coach Steve Nash said. “And it was them tonight."

Khris Middleton scored 35 points, and Giannis Antetokounmpo added 33 for the Bucks. Middleton bounced back in a big way after shooting a combined 13 of 43 in the first two games of the series.

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Bucks duo smash records in clutch battle despite Giannis’ three -point nightmare. Giannis Antetokounmpo overcame a horror night from deep in an epic battle with Kevin Durant.Source: Getty Images. Zac Rayson from Fox Sports. Down 2-0 in the Eastern Conference Semifinals and with the Bucks ’ season on the line, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton stood tall in a clutch 86 - 83 win over the Brooklyn Nets , outduelling Kevin Durant in an epic clash that went down to the wire. Antetokounmpo had 33 points and 14 rebounds, while Middleton rebounded from two poor games to

Bucks blow big lead , then rally to edge Nets 86 - 83 in Game 3 . — Jrue Holiday made a go-ahead driving layup with 11.4 seconds left and the Milwaukee Bucks edged the Brooklyn Nets 86 - 83 on Thursday night to pull within 2-1 in the Eastern Conference semifinals. - Game 3 . ESPN. Phoenix SunsSunsPHX.

That was barely enough.

“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.’ "

The Bucks raced to a 21-point lead but had to come from behind, scoring the final six points after Durant's 3-pointer made it 83-80 with 1:23 to play.

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

Holiday scored just nine points and shot 4 of 14 but made the biggest basket of the night.

Brooklyn led 83-82 when Brown missed a jumper with just over 20 seconds left. Antetokounmpo got the rebound, the Bucks worked the ball upcourt and Holiday drove to the basket to put Milwaukee ahead for good 84-83.

Milwaukee's defense took over from there as it continued its resurgent performance after the Game 3 fiasco.

“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.”

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The Nets won the last meeting 125- 86 . Kevin Durant scored 32 points to lead Brooklyn to the win and Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 18 points in the loss for Milwaukee. The Bucks have gone 30-12 against Eastern Conference teams. Milwaukee is second in the league with 48.1 rebounds led by Antetokounmpo averaging 11.0. Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell scored 32 of his 45 points in the second half to rally his team from a 13-point deficit in a 112-109 victory over the LA Clippers in Game 1 of their Western Conference second-round series.

The Brooklyn Nets were without James Harden for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Milwaukee Bucks but, in the end, it made no difference as the home team took control early and cruised to a 125- 86 victory to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven series. Much like their respective performances in Game 1, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant were masterful for the Nets as the All-Star duo combined for 54 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds to lead Brooklyn to victory. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 18 points but his contributions were not enough to ever make this

After Brown missed his own driving layup attempt with just over 6 seconds left, Middleton got the rebound. Middleton made a pair of free throws with 2.1 seconds remaining to cap the scoring.

Kyrie Irving scored 22 and Brown had 16 for the Nets in a game that neither team led by more than five in the second half.

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

TIP-INS

Nets: Brooklyn was again without nine-time All-Star James Harden (right hamstring tightness) and Jeff Green (plantar fascia strain). Harden got hurt in the opening minute of Game 1. Green hasn’t played since Game 2 of the Nets’ first-round series with the Boston Celtics. ... Joe Harris was 1 of 11 overall and 1 of 7 on 3s after averaging 16 points in the first two games.

Bucks: Brook Lopez scored just three points but had 11 rebounds and six blocks. ... Antetokounmpo was 1 of 8 on 3-point attempts and 4 of 9 on free throws, and he had a 10-second violation on a free throw for the second time in this postseason. He's 6 of 19 on free-throw attempts this series. ... The Bucks were playing a home game with fans filling all the seats for the first time this season. The crowd included Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones and outside linebacker Za'Darius Smith as well as former Packers receiver Antonio Freeman. Fiserv Forum was at 50% capacity for the Bucks' first-round series.

GETTING TESTY

With the game going back in the forth in the second half, emotions were high on both sides.

After P.J. Tucker got called for fouling Durant in the third quarter, Tucker started complaining about the call. That led to Tucker and Durant jawing at each other as they got face to face, with officials calling a double technical on the two players.

LONG-RANGE STRUGGLES

Although the Bucks won the game, their problems from 3-point range continued.

The Bucks went 8 of 27 from beyond the arc Thursday and are 20 of 88 on 3-point attempts in this series. Milwaukee made a franchise-record 14.4 3-pointers per game during the regular season.

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