They dominated the Milwaukee Bucks 125-86 on Monday evening, leading by as many as 49 points within the fourth quarter, to take a 2-0 lead within the sequence.
2014 NBA Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant led the Nets in scoring — despite not taking part in within the closing quarter — taking pictures 12 for 18 from the sphere for his 32 points, his fourth 30-point recreation of the postseason.
The Nets shot 50% from three-point vary, within the course of setting a franchise postseason report 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 beneath its season common.
“I like our consideration to element. I like how we did not get rather a lot of performs good however we made second and third efforts,” mentioned Durant.
“For essentially the most half, we simply did what we had been imagined to do, win two at dwelling. Now, we acquired to see if this recreation goes to journey on the street 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 means again into the sequence.
The blowout was the worst playoff loss of Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer’s three years on the helm and will counsel one other disappointing playoff exit after a season of promise for the third yr in a row.
With the latest reminiscences of deflating losses within the Eastern Conference Finals in 2019 and the semifinals final season, the Bucks want 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 evening in Game Three in Milwaukee.
“After the Miami sequence, we had been up 4-0, and coming to this sequence, I wasn’t excessive. Now that we’re down 2-0, I’m not low. I’m simply going to maintain doing what I’m doing, hold trusting my work, hold trusting my teammates, hold believing within the group, hold believing within the habits we have constructed all yr, and hopefully in Game Three, we get a win.”
Elsewhere on Monday evening, 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.