Bucks rally to outmuscle Nets again in NBA

Wednesday 05 May, 2021
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Giannis Antetokounmpo has led the Milwaukee Bucks to another NBA win over the Brooklyn Nets.

Milwaukee's late-season schedule has given the Bucks plenty of opportunities to measure themselves against the two teams they're chasing in the NBA's eastern conference standings.

The results have been encouraging.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 36 points and the Bucks used a fourth-quarter rally to beat the Brooklyn Nets for the second time in three days, winning 124-118.

This mini-sweep comes less than two weeks after the Bucks won two straight games over the east-leading Philadelphia 76ers.

"I'm happy we were able to put on a show for our fans and able to build good habits in those games, but that's all," Antetokounmpo, who also had 12 rebounds, said.

"They don't mean nothing. Nobody's going to remember these games when we're in the playoffs."

Brooklyn (43-23) lost their third in a row to sit behind only Philadelphia (44-21) while Milwaukee (41-24) clinched a fifth straight play-off appearance and sit third.

"They got a nice groove going in the fourth, made shots, made plays," Brooklyn's Kevin Durant, who had 32 points, said.

"You've got to give them credit."

Kyrie Irving scored 38 points for the Nets, who were without James Harden for either of their two losses in Milwaukee.

The Bucks are chasing their first NBA title since 1971.

They posted the NBA's best regular-season record the past two campaigns but failed to make the NBA Finals - that's why they're not making too much about their regular-season success against the teams ahead of them.

Meanwhile, LaMelo Ball scored 23 points, including two free throws late in the game, to guide the Charlotte Hornets past the Detroit Pistons 102-99.

The Hornets are in eighth place in the east and in solid shape to make it at least to the play-in round.

"Every game's important late in the season," Charlotte's Terry Rozier, who scored 18 points, said.

"Melo came in and put us on his back."

The Phoenix Suns dominated the Cleveland Cavaliers in overtime for a 134-118 victory.

The Suns join the Utah Jazz at 47-18 for the best record in the NBA but they hold the tiebreaker over their western conference rivals.