Bucks top Nets to force decisive Game 7 for spot in Eastern Conference finals

Style points are non-existent in the playoffs, not when a team’s season is on the line and a victory is necessary.So it doesn’t matter what the Milwaukee Bucks shot from 3-point range, and it doesn’t matter the margin of victory.

What matters is the result, and the Bucks got what they needed in Game 6 on Thursday.Milwaukee defeated the Brooklyn Nets 104-89, forcing one more game in this Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Khris Middleton had a playoff career-high 38 points plus 10 rebounds, five assists and five steals. He shot 11-of-16, including 5-for-8 on 3-pointers, helping the Bucks overcome 21.2% shooting on 3s as a team.

Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo had 30 points and 17 rebounds, and he didn’t take one 3-pointer. Twenty-two of his points came at the rim, and his foul shooting (6-for-10) wasn’t a disaster. Jrue Holiday added 21 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals.Game 7 is Saturday in Brooklyn (8:30 p.m. ET, TNT), and the winner will get the winner of the Philadelphia-Atlanta series starting next week.

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