The Bucks are not dead.
With their backs to the wall after their loss in Game 5 and led 3-2 in the series, they had no choice but to win against Brooklyn last night, in their room, to snatch a Game 7. And that's what they did (104-89).
Khris Middleton (38 pts, 10 rbs, 5 wt, 5 ints) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (30 pts, 17 rbs) pulled out the big game. Jrue Holiday (21 pts) too.
On the Nets side, Kevin Durant (32 pts, 11 rbs) was too lonely, even if James Harden (16 pts) (a little) showed the tip of his nose.
Injured, Kyrie Irving was still missing.
Middleton had an answer for everything
It started badly for the Nets (18-5), but "KD" was heating up the machine, Harden found color compared to Game 5, and it wasn't long before we had a match (44-40). Led by a "Greek Freak" magnetized to the circle, the Bucks nevertheless retained a substantial margin at the break (59-48 MT) after a heat stroke from Middleton. The Bucks did not relieve the pressure on the recovery while the Nets, them, released balls. And when you want to pick up the score, it is not advisable ... The gap was therefore maintained around 10 units. Durant's repeated assaults on Holiday still allowed them to come back (72-67), but Middleton (again) donned his superhero costume (78-67 late 3rd QT, then 82-67). Brooklyn was still hoping, falling to -5 (82-77a on Joe Harris' first triple of the game. Not for long..
Skillful and domineering on the rebounds, the Wisconsin players flew inexorably towards victory, with this huge dunk from Giannis on Jeff Green's nose as an exclamation point (96-77).
Nash surrendered and emptied his bench with 4'45 to go (100-79, then 104-89 final score).
“TLC” (2 pts) on track.
See you Saturday at the Barclays Center
The two teams will meet in the night from Saturday to Sunday (2:30) to do battle in a Game 7 which is already promising to be extremely hot, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
On the menu next night, Atlanta-Philadelphia (1h30, Hawks lead 3-2) and LA Clippers-Utah (4h, Clips lead 3-2).