The Milwaukee Bucks prevented themselves from falling 3-0 in its playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets, eventually winning its matchup Thursday 86-83.
The final margin was set in stone in the first half when the Bucks came out firing, outscoring the Nets 30-11 in the opening quarter. The Nets would respond with their own big frame, outscoring the Bucks 31-15. The Bucks and Nets would trade blows the rest of the way as both teams clamped down in the second half with both teams scoring only 41 points after the break.
Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton combined for over 60 points of Bucks' totals, one of the highest totals between a pair of teammates in a playoff game in NBA history. Middleton scored 35 points and grabbed 15 rebounds while Antetokounmpo collected 14 rebounds and 33 points. Kevin Durant scored 30 points for the Nets in the loss.
The next game is 2 p.m. Sunday.