Dramatic ending as Bucks edge out Nets in wild series

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 40 points and 13 rebounds to lead Milwaukee to a 115-111 overtime win over the Brooklyn Nets in Game Seven, sending the Bucks to the NBA Eastern Conference finals. The series, which the Bucks took 4-3, featured almost everything, including epic scoring performances,...

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Monday, June 21, 2021

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 40 points and 13 rebounds to lead Milwaukee to a 115-111 overtime win over the Brooklyn Nets in Game Seven, sending the Bucks to the NBA Eastern Conference finals.

The series, which the Bucks took 4-3, featured almost everything, including epic scoring performances, aggressive fouls, rim-rattling dunks, injuries and a winner-take-all decider with dozens of lead changes.

Kevin Durant, who led the Nets with 48 points, nine rebounds and six assists, forced overtime with a turnaround jumper that leveled the scores at 109-109 in front of a home crowd of 16,200. But he missed two jumpers in the final minute of the extra period.

"We had to give everything," said two-time league MVP Antetokounmpo, who also had six assists in 50 minutes.

"We got looks, we just didn't knock them down," said Durant.

The Bucks will play either the Atlanta Hawks or the Philadelphia 76ers for a place in the NBA Finals.

Khris Middleton had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks, who became the first road team to win a game in the series. Brook Lopez added 19 points and Jrue Holiday contributed 13.

"We were down 2-0 and then we took care of business and came back, and then a Game Seven and we were able to come here and play hard and get the win," said Antetokounmpo.

Milwaukee took the lead for good at 113-111 when Middleton made a 13-foot turnaround jumper with 40 seconds to go.

"Give them credit. They are a great team. They have a great chance to win the championship," said Durant.

James Harden, playing with a sore hamstring, finished with 22 points for the Nets but shot a dismal five-of-17 from the field.

Durant forced overtime with a long jumper with just 1.6 seconds left. A video review showed that his foot was on the three-point line, so officials credited him with two points instead of three.