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Milwaukee Survives Brooklyn to Stay Alive

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Milwaukee Bucks escaped with an 86-83 win over Brooklyn Nets in Game 3 to avoid falling to a deeper hole in the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals on Thursday night (Friday in the Philippines) at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Khris Middleton tallied double-double 35 points and 15 rebounds, while Giannis Antetokounmpo added double-double 33 points and 14 rebounds as the Bucks trimmed the best-of-seven series deficit to 1-2.

The Bucks surged to a 30-11 start behind 15 first quarter points each from Antetokounmpo and Middleton. The Nets, however, rallied back behind Bruce Brown to come to within 42-45 at the half.

It was a tight game for both teams the entire second half with the score knotted for the last time at 80-all late in the game behind exchange of baskets by Middleton and Nets’ Kevin Durant.

Durant even surged the Nets ahead at 83-80 but baskets from Middleton and Jrue Holiday gave the Bucks an 84-83 lead before Middleton added two more free throws for the final score.

Durant finished the game with double-double 30 points and 11 rebounds, Kyrie Irving added 22 points, while Brown ended with double-double 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Nets.