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Holiday’s late layup gives Bucks 86-83 win over Nets in Game 3

Khris Middleton breaks out in Game 3 as Milwaukee’s “Big 3” shows up at home.

Brooklyn Nets v Milwaukee Bucks - Game Three
Jrue Holiday of the Milwaukee Bucks drives to the basket against Nicolas Claxton and Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets during the first half of Game Three of the Eastern Conference second round playoff series at the Fiserv Forum on June 10, 2021 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Jrue Holiday hit what would be the eventual game-winning layup as the Milwaukee Bucks responded to a 39-point blowout with a 86-83 win over the Brooklyn Nets in Game 3. Giannis Antetokounmpo tallied 33 points and 14 rebounds while Khris Middleton broke out from his slump with 35 points and 15 boards. Holiday finished with nine points on 4-14 shooting, but had the crucial make to win the game.

Kevin Durant had 30 points, 11 rebounds and five assists for the Nets, who failed to make their attempts from deep count. Brooklyn shot 8-32 from three-point land, including Durant’s last-second chance at tying the game. Kyrie Irving added 22 points for the Nets.

Milwaukee jumped out to an early 9-0 lead, which ballooned to 30-9 as the first quarter was winding down. Antetokounmpo and Middleton started off hot for a change, leading to Milwaukee’s advantage.

The script completely flipped in the second quarter, with the Nets heating up while the Bucks went cold from the floor. Brooklyn won the frame 31-15 to cut the deficit to three at halftime. Both teams continued to struggle from the floor throughout the game, keeping this contest relatively close unlike the first two games.

Durant hit a late triple to give Brooklyn a 83-80 advantage, but Middleton hit a layup to cut the gap to one point before Holiday’s layup gave Milwaukee the lead for good.

The Bucks ensure the series will go back to Brooklyn with the victory. Game 4 is Sunday in Milwaukee at 3:00 PM ET.