Here are some key takeaways …
-The Bucks were on the attack early on, starting out 5-for-8 from three-point range with Giannis Antetokounmpo scoring 13 points and grabbing eight rebounds in the first seven-and-a-half minutes. The Nets, meanwhile, were disjointed out of the gates, missing their first five threes and starting 6-of-17 from the floor.
Patty Mills provided a nice sparking off the bench, hitting three three-pointers in the first, but Milwaukee took a 37-25 lead into the second quarter.
– Harden started cooking in the second, hitting three step-back threes in the first few minutes to give him 15 points for the game and bring the Nets within 10.
The Bucks extended the lead, but some buckets from Durant and Harris brought Brooklyn back within six points at 61-55. Durant blocked a three in the final seconds as Milwaukee took a 66-59 lead into the break. Harden and Mills tied for the team lead with 15 points apiece in the first half.
– Durant led the way for the Nets in the third quarter. After scoring 11 points in the first half, Durant added 13 points in the quarter. Meanwhile, Mills continued to be a sniper from beyond the arc, as he hit his first six threes of the game.
But the Bucks’ offense continued to hum. Antetokounmpo led the way with 25 points, 12 rebounds and five assists through three, while Khris Middleton added 18, as the Bucks took a 97-85 lead into the final 12 minutes.
– In the fourth, Mills’ extended his perfect three-point streak to his first seven shots, tying a Nets’ record for most threes of the bench in a game (h/t Brian Lewis of the New York Post). However the Greek Freak, together with the Bucks’ three-point capturing, continued to be an excessive amount of for the Nets to deal with. The Bucks constructed again up an enormous lead, and the sport ended with some rubbish time.
Antetokounmpo completed with 32 factors, 14 rebounds, and 7 assists, whereas Middleton and Pat Connaughton had 20 factors apiece.
For the Nets, Durant led the workforce with 32 factors and 11 rebounds. Harden had 20 factors, eight rebounds, and eight assists, whereas Mills completed with 21 on good 7-of-7 capturing.
The Nets shall be again on the courtroom on Friday night time once they tackle the Sixers in Philadelphia at 7:30 p.m.