Well, that was exciting. The Milwaukee Bucks have earned a game back, as they were able to earn a hard-fought victory vs. the Brooklyn Nets, 86-83 in Game 3. Brooklyn now leads the series, three games to one.
Milwaukee’s offense finally began to click in the first quarter, with both Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton playing like their typical selves. Both were massive for Milwaukee, and helped them command a 30-11 advantage after one quarter of play.
How bad was the second quarter for the Bucks? Well, this pretty much sums it up:
Bucks' lowest point total in any quarter this season is 13. They have 3 points in first 7:35 of 2nd quarter tonight. #bucks #nets— Steve Megargee (@stevemegargee) June 11, 2021
Despite the concerning quarter, the Bucks still held onto a lead after the quarter — but barely. Going into the locker rooms, Milwaukee was up 45-42.
The third quarter brought a level of intensity that we haven’t seen yet in this series. PJ Tucker and Kevin Durant would get into a scuffle, resulting in a gathering between players (and security guards). Moving into the final quarter of regulation, things remained air-tight, with Milwaukee still clinging to a 67-65 lead.
The fourth quarter would be downright ugly, with both teams seemingly unable to hit a shot. Baskets would be scored back-and-forth. A Jrue Holiday lay-in would give the Bucks a lead, which the Bucks would then protect as Khris Middleton iced things at the free throw line. Kevin Durant’s 3PA was on-line, but ultimately rimmed out. Milwaukee would escape victorious, 86-83.
Stat That Stood Out
In order to stay alive in this series, the Bucks needed their stars to show up. Khris Middleton (35 points) and Giannis Antetokounmpo were both big for Milwaukee, and were a massive reason as to why they were able to stay alive in this series. Khris Middleton even had 15 rebounds. To start things off, the duo were electric. How electric? Just check out this stat:
Giannis Antetokounmpo (15) and Khris Middleton (15) scored the first 30 points of the game for the @Bucks.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 11, 2021
That's the most consecutive points scored by two teammates to start a playoff game in the last 25 years.
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