Giannis Antetokounmpo

Owner of 44 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo, allowed his team to snatch the victory in Brooklyn.

Milwaukee, led by Giannis Antetokounmpo in MVP mode, snatched the victory (120-119 a.p.) in Brooklyn at the end of a magnificent duel that could prefigure a burning reunion in the first round of the NBA playoffs, which the Lakers, beaten Thursday in Utah, may not see.

On their way to the title last year, the Bucks edged out the Nets in the Eastern Conference semifinals after an exceptional series, completed after overtime in Game 7.

On their way to the title last year, the Bucks edged out the Nets in the Eastern Conference semifinals after an exceptional series, completed after overtime in Game 7.

The “Greek Freak” (the Greek monster) was assisted by Jrue Holiday (19 pts) because Khris Middleton (16 pts) was excluded for a flagrant foul in the 3rd quarter, for having caught, on the fly, the arm of Bruce Brown (23 pts) which fell heavily, without injuring himself, however.

Opposite, Durant was very active (26 pts, 11 assists, 7 rbds), and Kyrie Irving brought in 25 points. Above all, even if the reward is not at the end, the collective game has shown improvement.

With this second victory in a row, Milwaukee slightly widens the gap on Philadelphia (4th), which conceded its third consecutive defeat (102-94) at the low-ranked Detroit (14th). Joel Embiid (37 pts, 15 rbds) held his rank, unlike James Harden (18 pts, 4/15 shooting, 9 rbds, 7 assists).

And the team, which led to its start, sank in the last quarter (29-15), Saddiq Bey scoring 10 of his 20 points in the last four minutes for the Pistons, also guided by Cade Cunningham (27 pts), Killian Hayes bringing 10 units (3 interceptions).

Behind the Sixers, the Bulls (5th) are closer to winning the Clippers (135-130), thanks to the big card of DeMar DeRozan, author of 50 points (two units of his personal best), including ten in overtime.

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Despite Reggie Jackson (34 pts), Paul George (22 pts), and Nicolas Batum, being very active (17 pts, 5 rbds, 3 blocks), L.A. is taking the hit after this sixth setback in seven games.

But the Clips, almost certain to finish 8th in the West, are not fighting to play the playoffs, unlike the Lakers, again in the red zone (11th) after their setback (122-109) at the Jazz (5th). Without LeBron James or Anthony Davis, the 2020 champion, too often apathetic lately, has not deserved this time, like Russell Westbrook (24 pts, 7 assists) and Dwight Howard (21 pts, 12 rbds).

But it was not enough against Donovan Mitchell (29 pts) and Rudy Gobert, author of one of his best games of the season offensively (25 pts at 9/11, 17 rbds, 2 blocks).

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