Bucks tie sequence with 107-96 Recreation 4 win as Nets lose Irving

MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton lastly are getting a bit extra assist, whereas Kevin Durant retains seeing his celebrity cohorts get harm.

And now a second-round playoff sequence that when seemed like a Brooklyn Nets runaway out of the blue is up for grabs.

Antetokounmpo scored 34 factors and the Bucks rolled to a 107-96 Recreation 4 victory Sunday to tie the sequence, whereas the Nets, misplaced Kyrie Irving to a sprained proper ankle.

The Bucks erased a 2-0 deficit by successful two straight in Milwaukee. Recreation 5 is Tuesday evening at Brooklyn.

“We’re very glad, however we have got to maintain getting higher, hold taking part in collectively and hopefully we will go into Brooklyn and take one,” Antetokounmpo mentioned.

Brooklyn’s rapid concern is the well being of its celebrity trio.

Irving was harm halfway by means of the second quarter and didn’t return. The Nets already are lacking nine-time All-Star and 2018 MVP James Harden, who hasn’t performed because the opening minute of Recreation 1 attributable to proper hamstring tightness.

That places much more strain on Durant, who has carried the Nets this sequence and offered 28 factors and 13 rebounds Sunday. The one different Internet in double figures was Irving, who had 11 factors earlier than leaving.

Nets coach Steve Nash mentioned X-rays taken on Irving’s ankle have been unfavorable and that the seven-time All-Star’s standing for Recreation 5 is unsure at this level.

“We’ll need to see the way it goes,” Nash mentioned. “We’ll cross our fingers.”

After Irving made a basket within the paint to chop the Bucks’ result in 44-40 halfway by means of the second quarter, his left leg hit the proper leg of Antetokounmpo on his manner down. Irving landed awkwardly, his ankle rolled and he clutched at it as play briefly continued on the opposite finish of the ground.

When play stopped attributable to a change of possession, crew officers went to verify on Irving, who appeared in ache on the ground earlier than strolling to the locker room. The Nets introduced at halftime that Irving wouldn’t return.

The Bucks already had taken the lead for good even earlier than Irving’s harm.

They bought extra steadiness Sunday after eking out an 86-83 victory in Recreation 3, when Middleton and Antetokounmpo mixed for 68 factors, 79% of the Bucks’ scoring output. That marked the best proportion of a crew’s factors {that a} duo had mixed to attain in any NBA playoff recreation ever.

Middleton scored 19 factors, Jrue Vacation had 14, P.J. Tucker bought 13 and Bryn Forbes added 10 for the Bucks. Vacation had 9 assists and Middleton had eight.

“At this stage, it is no matter it takes to win the sport,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer mentioned. “It definitely helps to get extra guys contributing, making photographs. P.J. Tucker was phenomenal on each ends of the court docket.”

After the Nets scored 13 straight factors to take a 34-23 lead early within the second quarter, Milwaukee responded with a 21-4 run to grab management of the sport. That stretch featured a 12-0 spurt together with a four-point play from Middleton, two nook 3-pointers from Tucker and a dunk from Antetokounmpo.

“They went on a run,” ahead Jeff Inexperienced mentioned, “and we simply did not bounce again.”

As the ultimate seconds ticked off the clock, the Fiserv Discussion board crowd modified, “Bucks In Six!” That is been a rallying cry among the many fan base ever since former Milwaukee guard Brandon Jennings incorrectly predicted his eighth-seeded Bucks would win a 2013 first-round sequence over the top-seeded Warmth in six video games.

“Now it’s a three-game sequence,” Nash mentioned. “We’ve bought to get house, relaxation up and get our minds and our bodies prepared. Keep constructive.”


Nets: Inexperienced performed 27 minutes and had eight factors and 5 rebounds whereas taking part in for the primary time since Recreation 2 of Brooklyn’s first-round sequence with Boston. Inexperienced had been out attributable to a plantar fascia pressure. Inexperienced, who began 38 video games this season, got here off the bench Sunday.

Bucks: Milwaukee shot 16 of 47 from 3-point vary Sunday after going 20 of 88 from past the arc within the first three video games of this sequence. … Guard Pat Connaughton left within the third quarter with a reduce close to his left eye that precipitated him to bleed, however he later returned to the sport.


About 10 minutes after the sport ended, a fireplace alarm sounded in Fiserv Discussion board and everybody inside was instructed to evacuate the constructing. About 15-20 minutes later, enviornment staff have been cleared to return to the constructing.

The alarm was brought on by a mechanical problem within the administrative places of work of the world, however there was no hearth.


Tucker’s 13-point efficiency got here after he scored a complete of 9 factors within the first three video games of this sequence.

He additionally made a distinction with the best way he defended Durant. Tucker’s been the first defender on Durant throughout this sequence.

“He’s taking part in extraordinarily bodily and made it tough,” Nash mentioned. “That’s his function. I assumed it was borderline bodily non-basketball at instances, however that’s the playoffs. You needed to adapt and regulate.”

Budenholzer had a special opinion on the best way Tucker has defended Durant.

“He is simply guarding him,” Budenholzer mentioned. “If that is not basketball, I do not know what’s.”


Comply with Steve Megargee at https://twitter.com/stevemegargee


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