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Giannis Returns, Bucks Blow Out Nets 121-109 in Brooklyn | Sports News

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Author

NEW YORK (AP) — Again on the web site of an extra time thriller within the playoffs, the Milwaukee Bucks rapidly made clear this one wasn’t taking place to the wire.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 31 factors in his return from a one-game absence, Khris Middleton added 15 of his 20 within the third quarter and the Bucks blew out the Brooklyn Nets 121-109 on Friday evening.

Bobby Portis scored 20 of his 25 within the first half to assist the Bucks snap a two-game skid. The final loss got here with out Antetokounmpo, who did not play Wednesday evening towards Toronto due to an sickness unrelated to COVID-19.

He added 9 rebounds and 7 assists in his return.

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“He comes with the killer knockout blow,” appearing coach Darvin Ham stated. “As soon as he sees us in place, he is aware of what spots he desires to get to.”

The Bucks are with out coach Mike Budenholzer, level guard Jrue Vacation and a lot of different key gamers due to coronavirus well being and security protocols.

“However on the finish of the day, guys are able to step up,” Antetokounmpo stated.

Kevin Durant had 29 factors, 9 rebounds and 7 assists for the Nets, who’ve misplaced 5 straight house video games. James Harden completed with 16 factors, 9 rebounds and 7 assists.

Brooklyn gained Wednesday evening in Indiana with Kyrie Irving making his season debut. He wasn’t within the constructing Friday, ineligible to play house video games as a result of he hasn’t been vaccinated towards COVID-19 as mandated for New York Metropolis’s skilled athletes.

Harden stated having Irving on Wednesday felt like having new life.

“However we bought to stay with what we’re handled, and that’s house video games we’ve bought to determine methods and even street video games,” he stated. “Simply because Ky’s on the street with us doesn’t imply it’s going to be simple for us as nicely. So we’ve bought to mesh and we’ve bought to seek out methods to win video games every particular person time we play.”

The Bucks gained Recreation 7 of the Japanese Convention semifinals right here in extra time.

This time, Portis scored 10 factors within the first quarter, although it ought to have been 12. He missed a breakaway dunk with no Nets participant wherever close to.

He had 10 extra within the second, sending Milwaukee to the half with a 60-49 lead regardless that Antetokounmpo performed simply 2 1/2 minutes of the interval earlier than going to the bench with a 3rd foul.

Middleton took over from there, making three 3-pointers — one whereas being fouled — throughout a 19-4 spurt within the third that prolonged a nine-point result in 87-63 on the halfway level of the interval.

The Bucks scored 77 factors within the first half Wednesday however then had simply 11 within the third.

“Final two video games particularly the place we gave up leads,” Middleton stated. “This one we have been capable of lengthen our lead, which was large.”

Bucks: Portis added 12 rebounds. … Milwaukee signed guards Langston Galloway and Jeff Dowtin to 10-day hardship contracts Friday. Galloway lately completed a stint with the Nets, showing in 4 video games throughout two 10-day contracts. … Ham, on being again on the web site of the playoff thriller: “Nice reminiscences, however it’s 2022,” he stated.

Nets: Durant moved forward of Patrick Ewing (24,815 factors) into twenty third place on the profession scoring record. … Nicolas Claxton and Cam Thomas every scored 14 factors.

Patty Mills shot 1 for 8 for 3 factors. He returned to his reserve position when Irving performed Wednesday, however was again within the beginning lineup once more Friday. Coach Steve Nash stated the Nets must hold Mills within the lineup at house whereas beginning swingman Joe Harris is recovering from left ankle surgical procedure.

“I feel the Kyrie scenario hopefully helps Patty,” Nash stated. “I feel we’ve seen him sort of nearly be overused and over-depended on, and I feel it’s been tough for him at occasions to have the ability to proceed his stage of play as a result of we’ve overburdened him. So, can Kyrie hold his minutes in a candy spot the place he can hold it persistently excessive stage?”

Ham, on what it feels wish to within the head coach’s seat:

“It feels bizarre and feels intense and I prefer it, however I additionally like not being in it at this cut-off date. Bud makes it look easy man, however I’ve seen what he goes by means of being with him since Day 1.”

Bucks: At Charlotte on Saturday evening.

Nets: Host San Antonio on Sunday.

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