Today’s game between the Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets was another high-octane display of basketball. The 124-118 game had all of the fun trappings of a playoff game and today’s six-point differential was the biggest in this year’s season series. The other two games were decided by a total of five points.
Bucks started a big run in the fourth with an 18-1 run to suddenly open a 115-104 lead with 5:44 left.
The Nets didn’t go away though, getting it to within 121-116 with 1:47 left in the game. They couldn’t capitalize on a number of turnovers in the closing minutes of the game, though, missing some open threes and opportunities in transition.
The Bucks saw great performances from their three key players:
- Giannis Antetokounmpo: 36 PTS, 12 REB, 4 AST, 1 STL, 5 TO
- Khris Middleton: 23 PTS, 7 REB, 4 AST, 2 STL, 2 TO
- Jrue Holiday: 23 PTS, 8 REB, 10 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 2 TO
The Nets, on the other hand, saw a good game from their two stars before their fourth quarter collapse:
- Kyrie Irving: 38 PTS, 3 REB, 5 AST, 3 STL, 2 BLK, 3 TO
- Kevin Durant: 32 PTS, 9 REB, 6 AST, 1 STL, 2 BLK, 3 TO
Let’s get the elephant out of the room, though. Brooklyn’s big three has not played the Bucks together this season.
The Bucks have seen Durant and Harden take to the court against them once, while they’ve seen Durant and Irving twice – but they won two out of three games and own the tiebreaker against the Nets.
There’s no saying how the Bucks would handle a fully-healthy Nets squad, considering that the league has only seen the Harden-Durant-Irving trio play together seven times.
However, based on the season series went, it could be a ton of fun. If the playoff seedings stay the same, it looks like they could be set for an explosive matchup in the second round.