Los Angeles (AFP)
Star Kevin Durant put his Brooklyn Nets team on the verge of the NBA semi-finals, “Eastern Region Final”, when he helped beat the Milwaukee Bucks 114-108 in the fifth game of the quarter-final series.
Durant imposed himself as the star of the match by achieving “Triple Double” with 49 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists, to return his team to the winning streak after two consecutive losses.
It is the third victory for the Nets over the Bucks in the “Eastern Region Semi-Finals” quarter-final series, after winning the first two games at home, before losing the third and fourth at Milwaukee.
And the Nets need one win to reach the semi-finals of the league, and the sixth game will be held Thursday in Milwaukee, with the Nets hosting the decisive seventh game Saturday if needed.
The Nets returned from afar, converting their 17-point lead, 7 minutes before the end of the third quarter, to a win with a six-point difference at the end of the match.
The start was strong from the Bucks, who settled the first quarter in his favour, by 14 points (29-15), before expanding it to 16 points at the end of the first half (59-43) after he settled the second quarter by one basket 30-28.
Milwaukee continued its advantage in the third quarter and expanded the difference to 17 points in the middle, before the owners of the land turned the table, reducing the difference at the end to 6 points (81-87) after winning (38-28).
Nets continued their rebellion in the last quarter and scored in one of their periods 17 points compared to only five for the visitors, before winning it by 12 points (33-21), including three and four free throws for Durant in the last two minutes.
Durant played the full 48 minutes of the match and finished it one point short of his record number of points in the playoffs.