Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton led the Milwaukee Bucks to a big blowout win over the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night and forced a series-deciding Game 7, 104-89.
Antetokounmpo stepped up big for the Bucks. He scored 30 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in the win. His performance was buoyed by Middleton who led Milwaukee with 38 points and 10 rebounds. Jrue Holiday added 21 points of his own on 8-for-21 shooting from the field.
Kevin Durant attempted to squeeze out another dominant performance for the Nets. He helped Brooklyn cut the deficit to five points twice during the game, but subsequent Bucks’ runs would kill any type of momentum the Nets had.
James Harden gave another valiant effort, playing in 40 minutes despite still dealing with a hamstring injury. Harden scored 16 points, had five rebounds, seven assists and four steals. Blake Griffin added 12 points. Those three were the only Nets players in double figures.
Brooklyn’s Jeff Green failed to replicate his Game 5 performance. He scored five points in 36 minutes. He was 2-for-9 from the field. Joe Harris’ struggles continued as well. One of the NBA’s top three-point shooters, Harris was 1-for-4 from deep.