Milwaukee Bucks 108 – 114 Brooklyn Nets [Brooklyn in vantaggio 3-2 nella serie]
Thanks to one of the best individual performances in the history of the Playoffs, the boys of Steve Nash manage to win in this home Game-5 against the Bucks of Giannis Antetokounmpo passing again to lead in the overall score of the series.
49 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists: a triple double that smells of history – no one had ever recorded at least 45 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists in the postseason – the one put on the scoresheet by Kevin Durant, who with Kyrie Irving stopped in the pits for a sprained ankle and a re-entrant James Harden with a cooler hand than ever – only 5 points pulling 1-10 from the field for the former Rockets – must go on his own to tame Mike Budenholzer’s battleship.
Mission accomplished, even if the shock start of the race certainly did not put the hosts in a good situation: at the end of the first half, in fact, the score reads 29-15 for Milwaukee, who extends by two more lengths before the break of half of the match, going to rest with a 16-point advantage over the opponents (59-43).
The momentum it’s all on the side of the Bucks, who once back on the court after the long break, however, begin to feel the blows of excessive relaxation, allowing the opponents to return to the game in an almost unexpected way.
The home team’s comeback starts in the middle of the third quarter, with Durant’s 11 points bringing his team back to 87-81 with 30 seconds left in the fraction.
At that point, the music remains the same even in the fourth period, when KD’s triple at 8:36 from the final siren allows the Nets to find the first advantage of the match (93-94) after the 0-2 of the very first possessions. With Brooklyn heading for success, the Bucks can’t help but take notice of the comeback and wave the white flag in front of a 3-2 aggregate that now makes Thursday night’s Game-6 potentially decisive.
Waiting to know how it will end, the Nets enjoy an amazing Durant, assisted for the occasion by the 27 points scored by Jeff Green, author of seven triples. On the other hand, 34 points and 12 rebounds for Giannis Antetokounmpo, while Khris Middleton scores 25 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds.