In a late afternoon start at Fiserv Forum, the Nets would come in and earn a hard-fought victory, 133-128.
The Nets would hold as large as an 11 point lead in the first half, but the Bucks would be resurgent in the second quarter thanks to an energetic Ersan Ilyasova. Moving into the second half, Milwaukee found themselves down just a single point, 66-65.
Brooklyn would really pull ahead in the third quarter, thanks to both Jared Dudley and just an all-around hot quarter from deep. Moving into the fourth, they’d construct a 12 point lead, 108-96.
However, in the end, Milwaukee would be unable to get over the hump. Near the closing minutes of the game, a Joe Harris three would seal the deal and this one would be done and dusted. Who knows, there’s a very good chance that we could be re-doing this matchup a week from today.
Eric Bledsoe led the Bucks with 33 points.
Stat That Stood Out
I know Bledsoe put up a monster performance, but I think I have to go with Ersan Ilyasova for this one. He really had his fingerprints all over the box score and was active on both ends of the court. From hitting jumpers to reeling in big rebounds to garnering gritty defensive possessions, you name it, he was there. It’s pretty imperative for him to heat up at this time of the year, because you never know how much you could result in needing him for a playoff game. Oh, and did I mention that he almost dunked?
If Ersan dunked that I was going to pack up my stuff, leave the arena, and not watch another second of NBA basketball. I would have reached the peak.— Kane Pitman (@mkebucksaus) April 6, 2019
That would’ve been a throwback to his days at FC Barcelona: