Bucks Defeat Nets 117-114; Keep Pace In East

By Adam Roberts – 5/3/2021

Philadelphia 76er fans were all Bucks fans this weekend.

It would appear, looking at the schedules for Philly, Brooklyn, and Milwaukee, that the Bucks won’t be able to take back the top spot in the East before the playoffs begin, but a two-seed is still in play after a 117-114 win yesterday.¬†Giannis Antetokounmpo showcased why he is still one of the most important weapons in the NBA as he went off for a game-high 49 points. Khris Middleton donated 26 points and 11 rebounds for the Bucks, who have won five of their last seven, while Kevin Durant poured in 42 points to lead Brooklyn.

The atmosphere at Fiserv felt like a playoff game according to many who were there yesterday, so it’s only fitting the game came down to the final seconds. Both teams missed threes late, including Durant who had a difficult look to tie the game on the final play. Notably absent from the proceedings was James Harden, who missed his 14th straight game with a hamstring injury.

The rematch is tomorrow at Fiserv. As of right now, Milwaukee is three and a half back of Philly for the one seed and trails the Nets by two and a half for the two seed.