NBA Playoffs: Holiday scores late to hand Bucks win over Nets

Milwaukee Bucks revived their NBA play-off hopes with a tight 86-83 win over the Brooklyn Nets to keep the series score at 2-1 ahead of Game Four. 

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The Bucks were set to go 3-0 down in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semi-final as they trailed by three points with 83 seconds left. However, Jrue Holiday’s late score with 11 seconds to go secured a win for the Bucks.

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Mike Budenholzer’s side put up a much more aggressive performance than they had produced in their opening two Conference semi-final games. They started with the intent to win and raced into a 30-11 lead after the first quarter.

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The Nets would not back down, they came back in the second quarter and reduced the deficit to four points at half-time. From then on, the sides could barely be split before Holiday’s winning score.

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The Bucks’ fans feared the worst when Kevin Durant’s three-point effort on the buzzer bounced off the rim, avoiding the need for overtime. Khris Middleton scored 35 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo 33 to delight the home crowd but no other Bucks player reached double figures.

Game four is on Sunday.

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