The Milwaukee Bucks weren’t interested in being eliminated from the playoffs early on Thursday night. Giannis wasn’t very interested at all in taking three-pointers, either. That strategy paid off for them in a big, big way, however, as they kept Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets from expressing themselves offensively on the way to a 104-89 win on their home floor to force a decisive Game 7 in the city that never sleeps.
Giannis would finish the game by scoring 30 points and grabbing 17 rebounds for a monster double-double. None of those points came from behind the three-point arc as he didn’t take a single shot from there all evening. Khris Middleton was also spectacular, leading all scorers with 38. Those two and Jrue Holiday, who had 21 points, were the only three Bucks to have more than eight points at the final buzzer. The Nets were paced by the aforementioned Durant. He still dropped 34 points and also had 11 rebounds, but it wasn’t nearly as dominant a showing as Game 5 had been. James Harden had 16 in a much better showing upon his second game since his short-term injury.