After a seven-game struggle between the Brooklyn Nets and the Milwaukee Bucks, the Bucks emerged triumphant and will now proceed to the Eastern Conference Finals.
In overtime, the Milwaukee Bucks won the tie 111-115. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the victorious team with 40 points and 13 rebounds. Meanwhile, Kevin Durant led the Brooklyn Nets with 48 points, the most by any player in NBA history in a Game 7 meeting.
Giannis and KD put on a SHOW in Game 7 👏 pic.twitter.com/gXwDQHOJtK
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The competition had everything a contestant could want. Kevin Durant’s incredible jumper forced the game into overtime. With one second left on the clock, it was narrowly ruled out of being recorded as a three-pointer, which might have been a series-clinching shot for the Brooklyn Nets. Officials counted it as a two-pointer despite the fact that replays indicated Durant’s toes were on the line.
Speaking after the match about that play, Durant said:
“But my big a**foot stepped on the line…I just saw how close I was to ending their season with that shot.”
Both teams were physical and played with the vigor that one would anticipate in a Game 7 clash. In the Eastern Conference Finals, the Milwaukee Bucks will meet either the Atlanta Hawks or the Philadelphia 76ers.
“They couldn’t have given us more” – Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash heaps praise on all his players
The Brooklyn Nets were hit hard with injuries throughout the series.
When James Harden strained his hamstring in the first minute of Game 1, he was the first major star to go down. He didn’t play in the next four games and didn’t return until Game 5. He’d been struggling since then, and after the Game 7 loss, he said it wasn’t simply a strain, but a Grade 2 hamstring.
Harden had to return early because to an ankle injury suffered by Kyrie Irving in Game 4 of the playoffs.
The Brooklyn Nets’ head coach, Steve Nash, praised his team’s performance throughout the series, despite the challenges they encountered.
“They couldn’t have given us anything more. To take that team, without Kai — and James on one leg out there… I hurt for them more than anything,” said Nash.
Because of the injuries, Kevin Durant had to shoulder the brunt of the responsibility for leading his team to victory, but despite his valiant efforts, the Brooklyn Nets fell short. Nonetheless, his teammates, supporters, and even the opposition players praised him for his valiant efforts.
Jeff Green, in part, on Kevin Durant: “Simply amazing… He gave us all he had… That guy is special.”
— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) June 20, 2021