Returning Giannis Powers Milwaukee Past Brooklyn
Giannis Antetokounmpo made a triumphant return from injury as Milwaukee Bucks escaped with a 117-114 victory over Brooklyn Nets in the 2020-2021 NBA Season on Sunday at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Antetokounmpo returned from his sprained ankle injury to finish with 49 points, including four three-point conversions, as the Bucks stayed at third in the Eastern Conference with 40-24 slate.
Khris Middleton added 26 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, while Jrue Holiday and Bryn Forbes also hit double-figures in scoring with 18 and 12, respectively, for Milwaukee.
Trailing 90-96 at the onset of the fourth period, the Bucks leaned on six straight points by Middleton and consecutive baskets from Holiday and Antetokounmpo to take a 108-101 edge.
The Nets kept it close at 107-110 following baskets from Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin but the Bucks answered with a triple from Pat Connaughton and inside hits from Antetokounmpo to widen the lead to 117-112.
A layup by Kyrie Irving pulled Brooklyn to within 114-117 and they even had a chance to send the game into overtime but Durant misfired his last second triple attempt.
Durant finished the game with double-double 42 points and 10 rebounds, while Kyrie Irving added 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists as the Nets dropped to second in the East with 43-22 slate.
Landry Shamet and Griffin tallied 17 and 15 markers, respectively, while DeAndre Jordan had double-double 11 rebounds and 10 points for Brooklyn.