The Milwaukee Bucks were in real danger of trailing 3-0 in their second-round series against the Brooklyn Nets, but they found a way to prevail 86-83 in Thursday’s Game 3 at home.
It would’ve been absolutely devastating to be pushed to the precipice of elimination. Getting swept would’ve almost certainly cost Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer his job and brought into question whether Giannis Antetokounmpo could one day lead Milwaukee to an NBA championship.
But at least for now, the Deer doubters are being held at bay. Given that the Bucks shot only 37.8% from the field and bricked 25 of 31 three-point attempts, you have to commend their resolve to get this “W” in Wisconsin.
Thanks to a 30-11 first quarter, Milwaukee built a massive lead, then relied on its defensive prowess to force Kevin Durant into an off night. The hosts gave the Nets their best punch, and it landed.