The Nets offer the best start to the game. With good pace in the first quarter (13/23 shooting, 4/7 3-point shooting), in particular thanks to a hyperactive Kevin Durant (7 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists), Brooklyn puts pressure on Milwaukee, which is struggling to enter in the game (9/23 shooting). But the awakening of the Bucks is not long in coming: in the second quarter, Mike Budenholzer’s men let loose and planted 33 points, or 10 more than their first quarter total.
Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton compiled two 32 points, as Kyrie Irving, quiet in the first quarter, scored 9 points in the second quarter alone. At halftime, the Nets have a narrow lead (60-56).
Back from the locker room, continuing their successful second quarter, the Bucks find their cruising speed and continue to do damage on offense: 31 points at 22/10! The “Greek Freak”, who was on 18 points at halftime, is seriously picking up steam and is down 33 points on 12/16 shooting (with 8 rebounds and 4 assists) after 36 minutes. Dry, the Bucks go ahead of the scoreboard (87-86).
The last quarter is a true trench warfare, both teams raise their voices in defense. As expected, the offensive tempo drops sharply and possessions are longer. In the last minute, the Nets believe they have done the hardest thing and aim for +3 (110-107). But the hopes of the residents of Barclays Center for a victory in regulation time were dashed when Giannis Antetokounmpo, in the closing seconds, planted a huge 3-pointer to equalize and send everyone into overtime.
Extension during which Brooklyn is, again, very close to victory. After a foul on an award-winning shot by Kevin Durant, and 3 free throws made by the winger, the Nets are +1 (119-118) with about twenty seconds remaining. But, once again, the Athenian breaks the atmosphere: he gets a foul after a muscular penetration towards the circle, and converts both shots on the penalty line (120-119). After a timeout, “KD” misses the game-winning shot and the Bucks win after a closely contested game.
WHAT TO REMEMBER
Giannis Antetokounmpo stops passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. By scoring the decisive three-pointer to equalize just seconds from the end of regulation time, the Greek entered the history of his franchise: he doubled the “KAJ” and single-handedly seized the top spot in Milwaukee’s career scoring standings. . Almost nine years after his arrival in Wisconsin, the 15th pick in the 2013 Draft thus adds 14,216 points with the Bucks.
The Nets in danger. Following this loss, Brooklyn, eighth in the East, now has a record of 40 wins and 37 losses. Or the same record as Charlotte and Atlanta, respectively 9th and 10th in the conference. At the moment, the Nets keep the 8th position because they have the “tie-breaker” over their two pursuers. But the noose is getting tighter for Steve Nash’s company…
✅ Giannis Antetokounmpo. Monumental against Philadelphia on Tuesday, another great competitor in the Eastern Conference, the Greek did it again against the Nets. Author of 44 points (at 14/21), including the game-tying shot in the fourth quarter and then the winning free throws in overtime, but also 14 rebounds and 6 assists, he disgusted Brooklyn. In the MVP discussion, the “Greek Monster” has a very important case to make.
✅ junior vacation. Sober, discreet and not “flashy”, but devilishly effective. This is how he summarizes the evening of the Bucks point guard, who compiled 19 points (6/18), 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 (!) steals. The former UCLA is amazing foresight, he always makes the right pass on offense, the right rotation on defense. Never in his career had he been so in control on the pitch.
✅ kevin during. A great first quarter, a bad run until the break, then a successful end to the match. This was the performance of the evening for “KD”, which was not very regular… but still approaching the triple-double (26 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists). He was not far from giving his team victory in extra time, but Giannis Antetokounmpo decided otherwise.
⛔️ Brooklyn dominated in the rebounding battle. Despite Andre Drummond and Nic Claxton, two serious clients in the art of rebounding, the Nets were heavily dominated by the Bucks in this exercise: 65 to 47 (and while Brook Lopez caught only 3)! In a game lost by one point, there is reason to regret…
Brooklyn (40-37): Saturday, trip to Atlanta
Milwaukee (48-28): “back-to-back” at home, against the Clippers