Bucks fall to Nets in Game 1, 115-107

Updated: Jun. 5, 2021 at 8:54 PM CDT
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BROOKLYN, NY. (WSAW) -An abysmal shooting night doomed the Bucks in Game 1 of their highly-anticipated second round matchup with the Brooklyn Nets, with Milwaukee falling 115-107 at the Barclays Center.

Much like Game 1 of their first round series against the Miami Heat, the Bucks were off the mark from three-point land much of the night, shooting just 6-30 from downtown.

Giannis Antetokounmpo was the best player for the Deer, finishing with 34 points and 11 rebounds. Brook Lopez, the Nets’ all-time leading scorer, chipped in 19 points. But Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday struggled, shooting just 13-42 with 30 points combined..

The Nets lost one of their best players less than a minute into the game, when former MVP James Harden came up lame on a drive to the rim. Harden left the game with a right hamstring strain and did not return, with an MRI set to determine how much time he might miss.

However, the other two member’s of Brooklyn’s “Big Three”, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, did more than enough to make up for Harden’s absence, finishing with a combined 54 points. Former All-Star Blake Griffin also was an unsung hero for Brooklyn, hitting four three-point shots and tallying 18 points.

Game 2 will be in Brooklyn on Monday night, with tipoff at 6:30 Central time.

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