The Bucks’ defensive masterpiece forces Game 7

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Milwaukee’s season was on the line at the Fiserv Forum for Game 6 and they played with urgency from the start of Thursday’s game. The Bucks built a 13-point lead early on, but saw the Nets trim away at it thanks to James Harden, Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin. Harden was looking better than he did in Game 5, but the question was whether he could sustain that performance over four quarters.

The Bucks finished the first half shooting 51 percent from the field to propel themselves to a 59-48 lead. Giannis Antetokounmpo (19 PTS, 11 REBS) was the game’s leading scorer going in the third period, but it was Khris Middleton’s 17-point second quarter that kept the Nets at bay.

Harden (14 PTS, 4 ASTS) and Durant (13 PTS, 7 REBS) were the leading scorers for Brooklyn. The Nets’ eight turnovers were critical because it led to 13 transition points for Milwaukee. They had to take care of the ball heading into the second half.

In the third period, Brooklyn continued to struggle offensively, and were held to 19 points in the third quarter. Durant had 12 of those 19 points.

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