Bucks Outlast Nets in Game 7 overtime thriller to reach Eastern Conference finals.. Tiredness enveloped Giannis Antetokounmpo early in the game, late in-game, and everywhere in the middle. Despite his two primary attacking partners faltering, Antetokounmpo helped lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 115-111 Game 7 overtime win over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday, advancing themselves to the Playoffs.
Antetokounmpo finished with 40 points, 13 rebounds, and 5 assists, but he earned that much-attacking assistance in the fourth and extra periods. Having four minutes remaining and down 101-96, the Bucks beat the Nets 19-10 late in games and in extra hours.
For the first 3:48 of extra hours, the Bucks were 0-0. Brooklyn, on the other hand, has only scored one goal. With 40.7 seconds remaining in overtime, Antetokounmpo’s short jumper knotted the game at 111-111, and Khris Middleton handed the Bucks a 113-111 advantage.
Kevin Durant, who had another offensive brilliance in regular, missed a 3-pointer with 0.3 seconds remaining overtime, giving Brooklyn a 114-113 edge. Despite hitting a Game 7-record 48 points during the first 4 quarters, he went 0-for-6 in OT.
Milwaukee took a 104-103 lead thanks to back-to-back buckets by Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday. Milwaukee took a 109-107 lead thanks to clutch free throws, and Durant’s long 2-pointer (his foot was on the 3-point line with one second remaining in regulation) forced extra hours.
Milwaukee reached the league playoffs for the first time since 2019, but only the second time in the previous 21 campaigns. Starting Wednesday, the Bucks would face the winner of Sunday’s Game 7 between Atlanta and Philadelphia inside the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Milwaukee had to withstand another outstanding scoring effort from Durant, who also had nine rebound and six assists and played a full game in the second time in the series.
For the long of the match, Holiday and Middleton struggled to score. They were a combined 14-for-49 from the field, including 4-for-16 on 3-pointers. However, they produced just enough offence in the 4th quarter when Milwaukee need it most.
In the fourth quarter, Middleton had 11 points, and Holiday had nine. With the game on the line, each hit clutch 3-pointers & free throws. The only other Bucks to scored in the fourth quarter were Antetokounmpo, Middleton, and Holiday. Brook Lopez scored 19 scored and blocked three shots in the 4th quarter in extra time.
Despite being hindered by injury, the Nets came close to winning. Kyrie Irving is missing the last three games in this series due to a leg injury, while James Harden lost all but 43 secs of the very first 3 matches due to a hamstring injury.
In Game 7, Harden scored 22 points, nine rebound, and nine assists. Each start for the Brooklyn Nets hit in double numbers and played at least 40 minutes. Harden also watched the full 53-minute game, while Bruce Brown only played 52. The Nets’ small bench did not produce a score.
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