Giannis Antetokounmpo
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The NBA PLayoffs of this year just witnessed another nail-biting contest between two juggernauts of basketball: Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets.

Both teams came with their A-game into Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series, but it was the Milwaukee Bucks who survived a tough shooting night to edge out the Brooklyn Nets 86-83.

In the final moments of the game, it seemed as if neither of the two sides could put the ball in the basket until Khris Middleton and Kevin Durant started making shots.

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Giannis and Khris make it big

Giannis Antetokounmpo was the star performer as he delivered a performance that was unexpected considering his outing in Game 2. The Greek basketball prodigy scored 33 points and grab 14 rebounds.

On the flip side, Khris Middleton was playing in his own league as well as he recovered from two consecutive bad outings to net 35 points. These points include a game-changing two points from the free-throw line.

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What seemed familiar in the game was how well the Brooklyn Nets contained the Bucks when it comes to point-scoring. This was the second time in the Playoff match-ups that the Milwaukee Bucks were held below 100 points

Milwaukee Bucks off to a fiery start

There is no doubt that the first quarter of the game belonged to the Milwaukee Bucks, courtesy of a blistering start that sent the fans in a frenzy. This propelled the Bucks to a 30-11 lead at the end of the quarter.

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The Bucks successfully held the Brooklyn Nets to less than double-digits for most of the quarter, but the Nets were finally able to score two more points in the last minute.

One man army in Bruce Brown

Bruce Brown decided to matter into his own hands after observing his teammates being heavily guarded by the Milwaukee Bucks. As a result, the Nets came back into the contest in the second quarter behind Brown’s play.
Brown’s doings helped the Nets overcome a staggering 21-point loss in the first quarter and threaten the Bucks, for a while at least.

But this was another moment that can’t be justified if you did not watch the game live, but looked only at the scorecard.

Although the 6-foot-4 forward finished with 16 points and 11 big rebounds in the game, he gave the Nets a major chance in the highly-anticipated contest.

The Brooklyn Nets may not have been in this game in the first place if Brown would not come up with such a play.

Durant and Tucker lock horns

P.J. Tucker used his great physicality to put as many obstacles as he can in Kevin Durant’s shooting. And unsurprisingly, this seemed to have faltered Durant’s accuracy and resulted in a poor shooting game for the Nets forward.

This got to KD’s nerves and also forced a negative response out of him in the third quarter.

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Shayan is a Pakistan-based sports blogger with over three years of experience in journalism and sub-editing of sports-related pieces.

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