In a duel down to the final seconds, the Milwaukee Bucks were outlasted by the Brooklyn Nets, 125-123.
The Bucks would take advantage of Brooklyn turnovers to hold a lead after one, showing that the Nets had some initial bumps to iron out in their lineup. But, despite the rocky start, the Nets are an extremely talented team and rode hot shooting to lead by a single digit at the intermission, 57-56.
Brooklyn’s 3-point shooting would keep them in front throughout the third, with the Bucks giving them too many chances from the perimeter. However, the Bucks were down by as many as 11 but sliced their way back into it. A lay-in by Jrue Holiday with 0.1 seconds left gave Brooklyn just a single point lead going into the fourth, 94-89.
It’d be a game of back-and-forth down the stretch, with both teams trading baskets left and right. A Kevin Durant 3-pointer would give the Nets a two point advantage with just seconds left. Khris Middleton would then attempt a game-winning 3-pointer from the corner, but it would rim out, giving the nets a 125-123 victory.
Stat That Stood Out
Brooklyn’s shooting is what did Milwaukee in. While they have the sharpshooters of Kevin Durant and James Harden, other players stepped in and contributed in large manners. Jeff Green would go 4-of-5 from deep while Joe Harris connected on 5-of-7 from the perimeter, including a key one late. When those types of players are hitting threes at those rates, it can be quite damaging and in this situation where the Bucks ended up losing by a pair of points, it definitely stung.