Nets Make Statement With Big Bucks Win

Nets Make Statement With Big Bucks Win Photo: TT
The injured James Harden with Kevin Durant

The Brooklyn Nets have made a major statement and taken a 2-0 lead in their NBA Eastern Conference semi-final series with a 125-86 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday.

Missing the injured James Harden, the Nets were always in control, racing to a 36-19 quarter-time lead, with a collective effort which shellshocked the Bucks.

Kevin Durant top scored with 32 points, including four three-pointers plus four rebounds and six assists, while Kyrie Irving added 22 points, five rebounds and six assists.

But there was strong support all over for Brooklyn, with Joe Harris scoring 13 points along with Bruce Brown Jr, who also had six rebounds and four assists, and Landry Shamet who drained three three-pointers.

Blake Griffin followed up his strong Game 1 display with seven points and eight rebounds as a starter.

The Bucks appeared overwhelmed by the Nets, with Giannis Antetokounmpo missing all three shots from beyond the arc and making only 2-from-seven from the stripe.

Giannis finished with a team high 18 points, with 11 rebounds and four assists, but Milwaukee will be worried about their shooting percentage, which plagued them in Game 1.

Khris Middleton shot at 35 per cent from the field, making three from eight three-pointers.

Elsewhere, the Phoenix Suns won the opening game of their series against the Denver Nuggets 122-105.

Chris Paul returned to his best after his shoulder complaint, scoring 21 points, with six rebounds and 11 assists.

Emerging Suns guard Devin Booker had 21 points as well, while Mikal Bridges top scored with 23.

MVP favourite Nikola Jokic only managed 22 points, nine rebounds and three assists for Denver.

Ben somerford
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