The Nets take a 3-2 lead after winning an intense Game 5 over the Bucks inspired by a 49-point performance from Kevin Durant.
It was an intense Game 5 between the Brooklyn Nets and the Milwaukee Bucks. Both sides were up for the challenge and hence the duels between the players were fierce. In the end, the Nets prevailed beating the Bucks by 114-108 in a close encounter.
The Nets were guided by a masterclass performance from Kevin Durant who came up with 49 points triple double which also had 17 boards and 10 assists.
James Harden who was out with a hamstring injury returned in this match and played a unique role of a decoy. The Beard’s presence on the court allowed KD more freedom to take shots.
For the Bucks, it was Giannis Antetokounmpo who led the way with 34 points. Even Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday came up with fine numbers. But none of them were able to match the Kd’s level of play which eventually led the Nets to victory.
The game started with the Bucks dominating the first quarter and continued that trend in the second quarter. At the break, the Bucks led the game 59-43 with a 16 point advantage. However, the Nets got their mojo back in the second half and finally trumped the Bucks in the final quarter.
Kevin Durant did not appreciate Giannis Antetokounmpo’s hard foul on him late in the game
The series has been very exciting for NBA fans as they have witnessed some top stars competing against each other. The matches have been intense and in that tempers have flared at times. It happened in this game aswell when KD was not happy with a late foul from Giannis.
The foul was clearly out of frustration and KD made sure that to let him know about it. The Greek Freak was frustrated after missing a clutch free throw and that caused the foul. It was his sixth foul and hence he went a little too hard.
The foul resulted in a melee where PJ Tucker also got involved. The veteran power forward has had a history with Durant in this series. The duo were involved in a heated exchange in Game 3 but here it was more subtle.
The game ended with KD dropping a masterclass performance. He also had great support from the bench as Jeff Green came up with 27 points. Harden also played his part with aplomb ensuring that the Nets took the crucial lead in Game 5.