NBA Twitter reacted when the Milwaukee Bucks outlasted the Brooklyn Nets in overtime to win Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Saturday.
Every NBA fan knew that Saturday’s competition between the Brooklyn Nets and the Milwaukee Bucks had the makings for a great showdown. After all, it was Game 7 with a spot in the Eastern Conference Finals at stake. We all did little now that it would be one of the best games of the season and in the history of the playoffs.
In the end, it was the Bucks who were the victors, as they withstood an epic performance and a game-tying shot late in regulation by Nets star Kevin Durant to win 115-111 in overtime. NBA Twitter acted accordingly after watching one of the best playoff games in recent memory.
Bucks overtake Nets in overtime to advance to Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday
The Bucks had a chance to close things out late in the fourth quarter, as they held a 109-105 lead with more than a minute left in regulation. They did allow Durant two jump shots, however, the last of which came with 1.6 seconds left to tie it at 109 points and send the game into extra time.
Brooklyn would score the first overtime points on a Bruce Brown layup, but that was all they could muster. Durant had six shot attempts, but failed to convert on any of them when the fatigue began. One of those missed opportunities came on what appeared to be an easy layup, but Bucks center Brook Lopez rejected it with a one-handed block.
Milwaukee secured victory with a 14-foot jump shot from forward Khris Middleton to advance to his second Eastern Conference Finals appearance in three years.
Durant led the way for the Nets as he scored 48 points (17 of 36 shots from the field, 4 of 11 from 3-point range) in 53 minutes, which is the most points scored by a player in a Game 7. in NBA playoff history. Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 40 points (15 of 24 from the field, 8 of 14 from the free throw line), 13 points and 5 assists in 50 minutes of playing time.
The Bucks now await the winner of Game 7 between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night.