They dominated the Milwaukee Bucks 125-86 on Monday evening, main by as many as 49 factors within the fourth quarter, to take a 2-0 lead within the sequence.
2014 NBA Most Helpful Participant Kevin Durant led the Nets in scoring — regardless of not taking part in within the closing quarter — taking pictures 12 for 18 from the sphere for his 32 factors, his fourth 30-point sport of the postseason.
The Nets shot 50% from three-point vary, within the course of setting a franchise postseason document of 21 threes.
It wasn’t simply their offense which blew away the Bucks – the Nets’ protection held the NBA’s highest-scoring crew 34 factors beneath its season common.
“I like our consideration to element. I like how we did not get a number of performs good however we made second and third efforts,” mentioned Durant.
“For essentially the most half, we simply did what we have been imagined to do, win two at house. Now, we acquired to see if this sport goes to journey on the highway for us.”
Again-to-back MVP winner Giannis Antetokounmpo topped the scoring for the Bucks with 18 factors, however they’re going to want rather a lot higher on Thursday in the event that they wish to have any hope of clawing their method again into the sequence.
The blowout was the worst playoff lack of Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer’s three years on the helm and will counsel one other disappointing playoff exit after a season of promise for the third yr in a row.
With the current recollections of deflating losses within the Japanese Convention Finals in 2019 and the semifinals final season, the Bucks need to recover from the hump and make it to the NBA Finals.
Regardless of the uphill battle they face, Antetokounmpo is defiant that they won’t roll over on Thursday evening in Recreation Three in Milwaukee.
“After the Miami sequence, we have been up 4-0, and coming to this sequence, I wasn’t excessive. Now that we’re down 2-0, I am not low. I am simply going to maintain doing what I am doing, hold trusting my work, hold trusting my teammates, hold believing within the crew, hold believing within the habits we have constructed all yr, and hopefully in Recreation Three, we get a win.”
Elsewhere on Monday evening, the Phoenix Suns — contemporary off of knocking out the reigning champions, the Los Angeles Lakers — got here from behind to beat the Denver Nuggets 122-105 in Recreation One in all their Western Convention semifinals sequence.