Nets edge Bucks, as Antetokounmpo plays sparingly

Ruben Hill
August 5, 2020

Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot scored 26 points, and Garrett Temple added 19, including the game-winner with 7.3 seconds in the game clock, as the Brooklyn Nets upset the Milwaukee Bucks 119-116 in their National Basketball Association seedings game Tuesday (US time).

The Bucks (54-14), who now have the league's best record, played All-Star Khris Middleton and reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo only 16 minutes each in what could be a preview of a first-round series.

Despite playing sparingly, Antetokounmpo still led the Bucks with 16 points, while Ersan Ilyasova added 11 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.

Missing Caris LeVert, Joe Harris and Jarrett Allen, as well as big names Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan and Spencer Dinwiddie, the Brooklyn Nets pulled off an unlikely win against National Basketball Association championship contenders Milwaukee.

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The Nets have a patchwork lineup but are fighting Orlando for seventh place in the East and putting more distance between ninth-place Washington as they try to avoid a play-in for the final postseason spot. He added a second with 2:31 to go.

A Kyle Korver jump shot took the Bucks to back within one point at 115-114 with just under two minutes remaining, but Tyler Johnson's layup put Brooklyn three points clear soon afterwards. Nets coach Jacque Vaughn said they've been trying to find the right role for the guard.

"Seems like he's in a good rhythm". That allowed Jamal Crawford, 40, to make his debut and become the oldest active player in the National Basketball Association after being signed as a replacement player. He left early in the second with an injured left hamstring and didn't return.

The Bucks and Nets are set to face off in the first round of the 2020 National Basketball Association playoffs based on the current standings.

"Rarely do we see Giannis get that upset", National Basketball Association commentators said in the broadcast.

Antetokounmpo charged at Hall yelling "watch out" and also appeared to say "I'm gonna f-k him up". But G Pat Connaughton joined Bledsoe in making their debuts inside the bubble. He's the oldest player in National Basketball Association history to score 50 in a game; Michael Jordan was about seven weeks shy of his 39th birthday when he had his last 50-point outing.

Antetokounmpo had his baby son on hand at the National Basketball Association bubble for this game.

During the second quarter of Tuesday's game between the Bucks and Nets, Antetokounmpo found himself on the floor after battling for rebounding position with Donta Hall.

The Nets made 14 3s in the first half for their best half all season beyond the arc and finished with 21 of 57. The Bucks turned it over 19 times.

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