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Nets points vs Bucks, fast food: Giannis Antetokounmue, Milwaukee earn big win over Brooklyn in Game Three


After losing two games in Brooklyn, the Milwaukee Bucks put in a much better effort Thursday night in Game 3 of their best of seven streak against the Nets. Giannis Antetokounmue and Chris Middleton gave Milwaukee an impressive performance, and the duo together scored 68 points. Largely thanks to their production, the Bucks managed a decisive 86-83 victory over the Nets in Game Three. With this win, the Bucks avoided falling 3-0 deep, with the series now a much more manageable 2-1.

After jumping all over the net early on, the Bucks managed to maintain a solid effort over the full 48 minutes of the match – which is exactly how long it took, since the game reached final possession. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving put together 55 points for the Nets, but in the end, their production wasn’t enough to get the job done, especially since they didn’t get much help from the rest of the roster, with the exception of Bruce Brown, who made a good game.

The win was a strong win for the Bucks, and a difficult loss for the nets. But, neither team can think about it for too long because both teams will be back in action on Sunday for the fourth game. Before skipping ahead to that match, here are three points from Milwaukee’s Game 3 win.

1. Dollars avoid historically insurmountable deficits

The odds are against the Bucks in this series. They lost their first two games to the Nets, and teams that were 2-0 down in a top-seven series lost that series more than 97 percent of the time. But while a comeback after losing 2-0 is an unlikely feat, it’s not impossible, as it has been done many times more often than not. Earlier this postseason, the Clippers outnumbered the Mavericks in seven games after losing their first two games. But losing 3-0 is a different story. No team in NBA history has returned after losing 3-0 in a series. So, that’s what the Bucks were up against in match three. Fortunately for them, they eventually clinched the win and avoided that historically insurmountable 3-0 hole. A 2-1 series is more manageable, especially since two of the next three games will be in Milwaukee.

2. Milwaukee stars outperform Brooklyn نجوم

The NBA is a star-driven league, and this is especially true in the playoffs where teams tend to get as far as their top-tier players are. In Game 3, the Milwaukee duo of Middleton and Antetokounmpo performed more productively than Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving for Brooklyn. Together, Antetokounmue and Middleton combined for 68 points and 29 rebounds. Those 68 points were 79 percent of Milwaukee’s total production—no duo in NBA playoff history has scored a higher percentage of their team’s total points.

On the flip side, Durant and Irving combined 52 points and 16 rebounds, which isn’t terrible, but it pales in comparison to the Milwaukee duo. Going forward, the Bucks will need more shows like this one from Antetokounmpo and Middleton going out of the turbulent streak.

3. Joe Harris’ Forgotten Game

Joe Harris is one of the best shooters in the entire NBA, but you wouldn’t know it by watching Game 2. Harris had chance after chance to give Brooklyn a boost with his shot, but he wasn’t able to over and over again. Harris played 37 minutes into the game, only taking one shot, despite his 11 attempts. That’s a shot percentage of nine. The Nets rely on Harris to provide additional support to their superstars, and weren’t able to turn Brooklyn’s side into Game 3. The good news for the Nets is that they only lost the game by three despite Harris struggling, and it’s unlikely he will. Shot badly again.


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