They dominated the Milwaukee Bucks 125-86 on Monday night time, leading by as many as 49 points within the fourth quarter, to take a 2-Zero lead within the sequence.
2014 NBA Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant led the Nets in scoring — despite not taking part in within the ultimate quarter — taking pictures 12 for 18 from the sphere for his 32 points, his fourth 30-point sport of the postseason.
The Nets shot 50% from three-point vary, within the course of setting a franchise postseason file of 21 threes.
It wasn’t simply their offense which blew away the Bucks – the Nets’ protection held the NBA’s highest-scoring group 34 points under its season common.
“I like our attention to detail. I like how we didn’t get a lot of plays perfect but we made second and third efforts,” mentioned Durant.
“For the most part, we just did what we were supposed to do, win two at home. Now, we got to see if this game is going to travel on the road for us.”
Back-to-back MVP winner Giannis Antetokounmpo topped the scoring for the Bucks with 18 points, however they will want rather a lot higher on Thursday in the event that they wish to have any hope of clawing their approach again into the sequence.
The blowout was the worst playoff loss of Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer’s three years at the helm and will recommend one other disappointing playoff exit after a season of promise for the third yr in a row.
With the current reminiscences of deflating losses within the Eastern Conference Finals in 2019 and the semifinals final season, the Bucks need to recover from the hump and make it to the NBA Finals.
Despite the uphill battle they face, Antetokounmpo is defiant that they won’t roll over on Thursday night time in Game Three in Milwaukee.
“After the Miami series, we were up 4-0, and coming to this series, I wasn’t high. Now that we’re down 2-0, I’m not low. I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing, keep trusting my work, keep trusting my teammates, keep believing in the team, keep believing in the habits we’ve built all year, and hopefully in Game Three, we get a win.”
Elsewhere on Monday night time, the Phoenix Suns — recent off of knocking out the reigning champions, the Los Angeles Lakers — got here from behind to beat the Denver Nuggets 122-105 in Game One of their Western Conference semifinals sequence.