Bucks outlast Nets in Game 3 slog to claw again into sequence

Jrue Holiday made a go-ahead driving layup with 11.4 seconds left and the Milwaukee Bucks edged the Brooklyn Nets 86-83 on Thursday evening in Game 3 after two blowout losses in New York.

Kevin Durant’s 3-point try and tie bounced off the rim because the horn sounded. He scored the Nets’ final 9 factors and completed with 30.

Game 4 of the second-round sequence is Sunday in Milwaukee.

Khris Middleton scored 35 factors, and Giannis Antetokounmpo added 33 for the Bucks. They received after blowing a 21-point lead.

Holiday scored simply 9 factors and shot 4 of 14 however made the largest basket of the evening.

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Brooklyn led 83-82 when Bruce Brown missed a jumper with just over 20 seconds left. Antetokounmpo got the rebound, the Bucks worked the ball upcourt and Holiday drove to the basket to put Milwaukee ahead for good 84-83.

After Brown missed his own driving layup attempt with just over 6 seconds left, Middleton got the rebound. Middleton made a pair of free throws with 2.1 seconds remaining to cap the scoring.

Kyrie Irving scored 22 and Brown had 16 for the Nets.

The Bucks started out intent on turning Game 3 into a complete reversal of Game 2, which they lost 125-86 as the Nets recorded their most lopsided playoff victory in franchise history.

Milwaukee grabbed a 30-9 lead in the first 10 1/2 minutes but then got outscored 22-3 during a stretch that lasted nearly 9 1/2 minutes as the Nets clawed their way back into the game.

Neither team ever led by more than five points in a second half that had emotions high on both sides.

After P.J. Tucker got called for fouling Durant in the third quarter, Tucker started complaining about the call. That led to Tucker and Durant jawing at each other as they got face to face, with officials calling a double technical on the two players.

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