Sport NBA playoffs 2021: Giannis, Bucks stun Nets in overtime to advance
NBA playoffs 2021: Nets triumph over Bucks in Game 1 despite early Harden blow
Blake Griffin produced a throwback game after James Harden's early injury as the Brooklyn Nets took Game 1 against the Milwaukee Bucks.Harden left the court after only 43 seconds after re-injuring his right hamstring, but Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving stepped up in his absence, along with Blake Griffin who had a throwback game.
Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks overcame a record-breaking performance from Kevin Durant to defeat the Brooklyn Nets 115-111 in overtime in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference semi-final series.
Antetokounmpo scored 40 points and Khris Middleton had 23, including what proved to be the game-winning shot, as the Bucks won a Game 7 for the first time in 20 years, stunning the Nets in Brooklyn.
Durant finished with 48 points, the most ever scored in a Game 7, and for much of the game appeared ready to will the Nets through to the next round on his own.
Brooklyn was playing without the injured Kyrie Irving and leaned on Durant to carry the load as he had throughout the series. He played 53 minutes, making 17 of 36 shots from the field and 10 of 11 from the line, but he did not get enough help in the end.
NBA playoffs 2021: 'A win is a win' – Giannis welcomes victory after Bucks blow big lead against Nets
Giannis Antetokounmpo reacted to the Milwaukee Bucks' victory at home to the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday.The Bucks had their backs against the wall after falling into a 2-0 hole against the second-seeded Nets in the Eastern Conference semi-finals but responded on home court in Milwaukee.
James Harden was just five of 17 from the field, including two of 12 on three-point attempts, but every time the Nets needed a shot down the stretch they went to Durant.
That worked for a while, most notably at the end of regulation when he hit a turnaround jumper with his foot on the three-point line to tie the game at 109-109 and force overtime.
But the Bucks clamped down on Durant and everyone else in the extra session after Bruce Brown hit a jump shot early in the period to put Brooklyn up by two.
The Nets would not score again the rest of the way, as Antetokounmpo tied the game with a shot over Durant with 1:12 to go before Middleton hit a jumper from the middle of the lane with 40.7 seconds remaining to take the lead and Brook Lopez added a pair of free throws with 0.3 seconds left for the final margin.
NBA playoffs 2021: Mitchell and Gobert inspire Jazz to 2-0 series lead, Giannis' Bucks reduce deficit
Donovan Mitchell's Utah Jazz moved clear of the Los Angeles Clippers in the west as the Milwaukee Bucks held on against the Brooklyn Nets.After going off for 45 points in the opener, All-Star Mitchell posted 37 points to lead the Jazz to a 117-111 victory at home to the Clippers in Game 2 in the NBA playoffs on Thursday.
Another look at the Khris Middleton jumper that put theahead for good!
Milwaukee advances to the— NBA (@NBA) presented by AT&T... they will play the winner of ATL/PHI.
The Nets' five starters accounted for all of their scoring, while Pat Connaughton (nine points) was the only bench player for the Bucks to score. According to Stats Perform, the 11 total players accounting for all of the points is the fewest in any game, regular season or playoffs, since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976.
Entering the game, home teams were 109-31 in Game 7s in NBA history, but Milwaukee bucked that trend to advance.
They will await the winner of Sunday's Game 7 between the Philadelphia 76ers and Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference Final.
Hawks at 76ers
The top-seeded Philadelphia 76ers host the upset-minded Atlanta Hawks in Game 7, with Atlanta looking for their fifth road win of the playoffs so far. Earlier Sunday, the Los Angeles Clippers and Phoenix Suns open their Western Conference Final series.
NBA playoffs 2021: Giannis brushes off free-throw row as Bucks level series .
Giannis Antetokounmpo's 25 points in 29 minutes helped the Milwaukee Bucks draw level in their Eastern Conference Finals tussle.The Eastern Conference Finals could sway on how Giannis performs over the coming games, with the teams now poised at 1-1 following the Bucks' storming 125-91 win on their home court.