Nets 89 vs 104 Bucks: scores, summary, stats, highlights | NBA Playoff
The Milwaukee Bucks forced Game 7 after a wire-to-wire win over the Brooklyn Nets to tie the series at 3-3. Khris Middleton put the Bucks on his back, while the league’s top offensive side played lockdown defense in the 104-89 win.
Bucks defense shows up again in Milwaukee
Once again it was the Bucks defense that saved the day and extended their season in a must win situation in Milwaukee. The leagues top scoring team in the regular season has resourced to lock down defense to win all three games at home and force a do-or-die game on Saturday.
Brooklyn came into tonight knowing they would be without their All-Star guard Kyrie Irving. James Harden’s return in Game 5 lightened the blow of the Irving injury. Despite struggling from the field, he made an impact on the floor.
Middleton sets playoff career high
Harden was much more dangerous on the offensive end in Milwaukee, but Khris Middleton stole the spotlight with a career night. The Bucks sharp shooter took the game over in the second quarter scoring 17 points and taking Milwaukee to the halftime break up double digits.
Giannis Antetokounmpo got the Bucks off to a hot start, setting the tone and getting to the basket early and often. The two time MVP began the game 7 of 8 from the field as he seemed to get to the basket when ever he wanted.
The Nets made their run in the third quarter, and closed the gap to as little as five points right before the third quarter, but the Bucks countered with a 14-0 run to put the game on ice.
Giannis with fourth straight 30/10 performance
Middleton had a playoff career high 38 points and 10 rebounds going 11-16 from the field and hitting five of eight three pointers. Giannis was happy to share the stage, but still managed a fourth straight 30/10 night. The Greek Freak had 30 points and 17 rebounds.
Kevin Durant had yet another fantastic offensive outing with 32 points while grabbing 11 rebounds. James Harden got off to a solid start with 14 first half points, but fizzled out in the second half finishing the night with 16.
Game 7 will decide who is moving on to the Eastern Conference Finals. The Bucks and the Nets travel back to Brooklyn in a win or go home game from the Barclays Center at 8:30 pm ET Saturday night.
Giannis had 30 points and 17 rebounds.
Khris Middleton had an incredible night, scoring 38 and pulling down 10 rebounds.
It is all over from Milwaukee! The series is tied up at 3, and were are going to Game 7.
Thanasis gets to the line and hits two of two.
Perry cuts to the basket and gets the lay up to drop.
2 minutes to go in the fourth quarter.
Johnson gets the hook shot to go.
Cabbarot gets the runner in the lane to drop.
3:30 to go in the fourth.
Johnson on the alle oop of the bench.
MIddleton dropps another mid range jumper. He has 38 points!.
Perry gets the hook shot off the bench
MIddleton hits the FT after the timeout.
MIddleton with another chance for a potential four point play!! FT coming after the Nets timeout. 4:45 to go in the fourth.
5 minutes to go in the 4th.
KD gets the dunk off the dribble.
Giannis scoops up the offensive board and throws it down. 14-0 run for the Bucks. Nets timeout with 6:24 to go in the final quarter.
Holiday to the line, hits two of two. He's got 20 for the night.
Under 7 to go in the fourth.
Giannis back to the rack, gets the bucket to go and gets fouled by Harris, FT is good
Giannis to the line, hits two of two.
Holiday muscles his way to the basket and gets the lay up
MIddleton to the line after getting fouled on a three point attempt, he hits three of three.
Timeout from Milwaukee. 8:20 to go in the fourth quarter.
Harris with a spot up three, he's got 5 quick points.
Harris gets to the bucket and finishes in traffic.
Timeout Bucks with 9:36 to go in the fourth
Durant gets the lay up to go after the Harden steal. KD has thirty points.
KD with a spot up three, he has 28
Middleton to the line, hits two of two. 10-0 run for the Bucks.
Giannis starts the fourth off with another drive to the basket. He has been unstoppable in the paint.
The fourth quarter is under way from Milwaukee.
We are going to the fourth quarter in Milwaukee. The Bucks are in command going into the last quarter.
MIddleton with a tip in to beat the buzzer.
Middleton gets the roll of the baseline jumper.
MIddleton fading away in the lane.
Under 1:30 to go in the third
Harden fouled on the three pointer, goes to the line and hits two of three.
KD on the alley oop out of the timeout.
Timeout in Milwauee. 2:22 to go in the third quarter.
Holiday goes strong to the rack and lays it up and in off the glass
KD on the up and under, gets the J to drop from outisde the lane.
3:30 to go in the third quarter.
Durant back at it, gets the short jumper to go.
MIddleton from the baseline, gets the 15 foot jumper to go.
Durant on the baseline turnaround J. He's got 19
KD pulls up for 15 feet with a hand in his face.
Holiday hits two FTs after the timeout break with 6:20 to go in the third
Giannis gets to the rack and finishes with the finget roll.
Griffin fouled by Lopez down low, and Griffin hits one of two.
Green on the quick catch and release with .6 left on the shot clock off the inbound.
Holiday with a pull up jumper.
KD hits the jumper from the elbow
Harris on the cut, get the feed from KD and hits the close range effort.
Tucker in the corner on the near side!
We are back in play from Milwaukee
Harden may not be 100%, but he is still one of the best scorers in the game even with an injured hamsting.
The good news for the Nets is James Harden is looking comfotable on the offensive end with 14 points. KD had 13 and Griffin has 11.
Giannis and Middleton both have 19 first half points for the Bucks, Middleton scored 17 in the second quarter.
The first half comes to a close with the Bucks in command.
Middleton with the hot hand, gets another three to go.
MIddleton step into a three, he's got 14 in the second quarter.
1:30 to go in the first half
Griffin to the line, hits two of two.
Catch and shoot from Giannis from the mid range.
Griffin on the tap in off the KD miss.
MIddleton to the line off the timeout and hits both.
KD sinks a three pointer off the dribble. Timeout from the Fiserv Forum with under three to go in the first half.
MIddleton strings a three after the offensive rebound. He's got 11.
Harden fouled on the drive, goes to the line and hits one of two.
Giannis back in the paint swarmed by defenders, gets the hook to go.
Griffin get the steal and the score.
Harden with the step back three!! He's starting to heat up. 7-0 Brooklyn run. Under 5 to go in the second quarter.
Harden on the floater down the center of the lane.
Griffin on the reverse over Lopez.
Giannis showing the strength, he's 6 of 7 from the field.
Timeout in Milwaukee with under 7 minutes to go in the half.
Lopez on the interior after the feed from Middleton.
Brown drops a pull up three off the bench.
Holiday gets the floater off the glass to go.
Shamet fouled on the three point shot, hits two of three at the line.
Forbes on the long two off the bench.
8:13 to go in the second quarter.
Harden gets his own long rebound off the missed three and drops the floater in the lane.
Holiday with the soft touch in the paint, gets the bucket to go.
Harden drops a three off the catch and shoot
Giannis on the strong drive.
MIddleton sinks the three and got the foul, FT is good to convert the four point play.
Harris with a midrange jumper.
MIddleton hits on the fall away from the paint to start the second quarter
Brooklyn's other 9 points have come from three 3 pointers by Griffin, Green and Harden.
KD scored 10 in the first 12 minutes. Who else will step up tonight for the Nets?
Giannis got off to a hot start with 11 points in the first quarter.
The first quarter is over and the Bucks have a seven point lead.
Giannis back to the line gets one of two to go.
Green finally gets a three to go after a couple unsuccessful attempts.
Giannis back to the FT line, but misses both.
Durant gets the mid range jumper to go.
Giannis with a full head of steam, lays it up off the glass.
Giannis fouled on the hook shot attempt, goes to the line and hits one of two.
Holiday driving on the right side and gets it to go off the glass.
Durant on the dribble gets the the rack and finishes with the left.
Lopez follows up his own miss with a tip in.
Griffin on the catch and shoot, the Nets are on a 7-0 run. Timeout Bucks with 4:06 to go in the first quarter.
Durant on the isolation, gets to the basket and gets and easy bucket.
Durant on the fall away in the lane.
Holiday with a transition three. Timeout Nets with 6:12 to go in the first quarter.
Holiday on the pull up from 15 feet.
Lopez again down low.
Harden on the step back three, that's a promising sign for the Nets.
Giannis hits the free throw
Giannis gets the bucket and the foul on a strong drive.
Middleton fouled on the jumper, goes to the line and hits both.
Giannis downlow lays it up and over Griffin.
KD on the pull up give Brooklyn their first points of the night.
Lopez inside after some good Bucks ball movement.
Giannis on the Euro step gets the first points of the game.
We are underway in Game 6 from Milwaukee
The starting 5s are being announced at the Fiserv Forum and we are just moments away from tip off.
Giannis said KD is the best player in the world at the moment after Durant's legendary performance in Game 5.
Will Khris Middleton be the key to the Bucks success tonight?
We are 10 minutes from tipping off Game 6 from the Fiserv Forum.
According to Bet365.com the Bucks are a 5 point favorite and the Over/Under is set at 220.5
Jeff Green was 7 for 7 from three point range in the fourth quarter, as the veteran scored 27 points and led the comeback charge for Brooklyn.
The Bucks were up 16 at the half in Game 5, but had no answer to KD and Jeff Green.
Harden played 45 and a half minutes in his return from a hamstring injury. Steve Nash wanted to keep his star guard from tightening up on the sidelines so The Beard almost played the entire game.
PJ Tucker has was huge in the Bucks two wins in Milwaukee, getting under the skin of Kevin Durant both defensively and on mentally.
Nets coach Steve Nash praised Durant after the Game 5 win calling his 49 point triple double night a ''Historic, historic performance,''
Durant after a historic night: ''I know the perception of me is that I can score the basketball well, but any team that I've played on, I've been asked to do pretty much everything from rebounding to defending to initiating to scoring. I might not do it all the time but I do a little bit of everything.''
These two teams were the top scoring offenses in the NBA during the regular season, but this is the playoffs, and points don't come easy in the playoffs.
The offense was finally on display last game after two defensive showdowns in Milwaukee. Does another lockdown defensive night await us tonight?
Kevin Durant had one of the most impressive playoff performances in the history of the league in Game 5. He scored 49 points, grabbed 17 rebounds dished 10 assists in one of the greatest nights in postseason history.
All eyes will be on James Harden, who returned from injury last game. He was held scoreless for two and a half quarters, and struggled to stay in front of his opponents on the defensive end. But his spirit, and KD's legendary night lifted the Nets to a 3-2 lead.
We are under an hour away tip of in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Hello everyone and welcome to Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals between the Brooklyn and Milwaukee. AS English will have live coverage, updates, scores, stats and highlights The Nets have a chance to close out the series with a win tonight in the Fiserv Forum.
Win and the Nets are in the Conference Finals
Brooklyn is a game away from the Eastern Conference Finals after a 17 point comeback win in Game 5 at the Barclays Center Tuesday night. The series heads back to Wisconsin as the Milwaukee Bucks look to stay alive and force a Game 7.
The Nets have battled injury problems all year, and this series has been no different. James Harden suffered a hamstring injury in the first minute of Game 1. Then Kyrie Irving twisted his ankle in the second quarter of Game 4.
Injury problems complicating Brooklyns title run
Kyrie was sidelined for the fifth game from Brooklyn, but Harden came back from his hamstring strain just in time. While The Beard didn’t have a fantastic game offensively his presence was noted and injected a sense of belief for the second seed in the Eastern Conference.
Kevin Durant had a legendary performance, going for 49 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists and played every one of the 48 minutes. KD became the first in playoff history to go for 45/15/10.
Legendary Durant led Nets to Game 5 win
Durant scored had 20 in the fourth quarter, but it was Jeff Green who stole the spotlight in the first three quarters going 7 for 7 from downtown in route to 27 points.
The home team has won every game in this series, and the Bucks will have to come through with another home win on Thursday to keep the series alive.
Harden is expected to play in Game 6 while Irving remains a doubt.
ESPN’s Coverage of Game 6 will start at 8:30 pm ET/ 5:30 PT.