Giannis, Middleton lead Bucks to critical Game 3 victory over Brooklyn
Khris Middleton finished with 35 points and 15 rebounds and Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 33 points and14 rebounds to lead the way for Milwaukee Bucks Thursday night in their 86-83 Game 3 victory over the Brooklyn Nets. The victory helps Milwaukee avoid the dreaded and historically insurmountable 3-0 deficit and breathes some life back into a series that after the first 2 games, appeared to be a serious mismatch. Now, we have a series!
The Bucks got off to a scorching start to Game 3 and by the end of the 1st were up handily 30-11. Brooklyn stormed back behind 12 points in the 2nd from Bruce Brown and pulled within just 3 headed into halftime. The story of the 2nd half was defense as Milwaukee held the Nets to a season low 83 points on the night, led by Brook Lopez and his instrumental interior presence. Lopez finished the night with 11 rebound and 6 blocks including 3 critical defensive plays in the 4th on drives to the basket from Kevin Durant and Brown. Durant did all he could in the 4th, even giving the Nets a 2 point lead with 1:23 remaining after cashing in 3 straight buckets. However, Milwaukee kept up the fight and it was Jrue Holiday hitting the crucial go ahead layup with 11 seconds to go. Durant nearly got the game-tying 3pt FG to drop but it crashed off the back of the iron, much to the relief of the Milwaukee faithful inside Fiserv Arena.
For Brooklyn, it was a disappointing shooting night overall as they shot just 36% from the field overall and 8-32 from 3 point range, just 25%. Durant finished with 30 points and 11 rebounds to lead all performances for the Nets. Kyrie Irving added 22 and Brown finished with 16 to round out the notable scoring. As for Milwaukee, they have to feel relieved to head into Game 4 on Sunday afternoon right back in the series despite seemingly no offensive help from their supporting cast. Middleton and Giannis combined for 68 of the team’s 86 points with the rest of the team shooting just 8/35 from the field.
Milwaukee will look to carry over the momentum from this crucial victory and even up the series at 2 game apiece when these 2 teams face off in Game 4 this Sunday at 3pm ET on ABC