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Brooklyn 125, Milwaukee 86
When: 7:30 PM ET, Monday, June 7, 2021
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Officials: #26 Pat Fraher, #60 James Williams, #5 Kane Fitzgerald
Attendance: 15776

Kevin Durant scored 32 points in three quarters and the Brooklyn Nets did not miss a beat without James Harden, cruising to a 125-86 rout of the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in New York.

The second-seeded Nets lead the best-of-seven series 2-0 ahead of Game 3 on Thursday in Milwaukee.

Brooklyn, which never trailed, led by as many as 49 points in the fourth quarter. The Nets led by double digits for the final 39:11.

In 33 minutes, Durant shot 12 of 18 from the field and posted his fourth 30-point game of the postseason. He also hit four 3-pointers, grabbed four rebounds and handed out six assists.

Durant finished his latest productive game by going around Giannis Antetokounmpo for a reverse layup with 4.8 seconds left in the third quarter to give Brooklyn a 95-65 lead.

Kyrie Irving added 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting and had six assists for the Nets, who shot 52.1 percent and set a franchise postseason record with 21 3-pointers. It marked the fourth time in their first seven postseason games the Nets shot at least 50 percent from the floor.

Antetokounmpo led the third-seeded Bucks with 18 points and 11 rebounds. He shot 8 of 15 from the floor and missed five of seven free-throw attempts. He is shooting 53.5 percent (23 of 43) from the foul line in the postseason.

Milwaukee's Khris Middleton added 17 points but missed his first eight shots, finished 8 of 20 from the floor and committed five turnovers. Jrue Holiday was held to 13 points.

The Bucks shot 44 percent and misfired on 19 of 27 3-point tries after shooting 6 of 30 from behind the arc in Game 1.

Harden watched from the bench after being ruled out due to right hamstring tightness. He was injured 43 seconds into Brooklyn's 115-107 win in the series opener on Saturday.

Without Harden, the Nets dominated early and cruised to their fifth double-digit win of the postseason.

Durant scored 21 as the Nets led by as many as 27 points before halftime and took a 65-41 edge into the break. He made 7 of 10 shots prior to intermission, including a 3-pointer with two seconds left in the first quarter that put the Nets up 36-19 after the opening 12 minutes.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Milwaukee   Brooklyn
Giannis Antetokounmpo 18 Scoring Kevin Durant 32
Giannis Antetokounmpo 4 Assists Kevin Durant 6
Giannis Antetokounmpo 11 Rebounds Blake Griffin 8
Giannis Antetokounmpo 2 Free Throws Made Kevin Durant 4
Justin Jackson 1 Steals Nicolas Claxton 1
Giannis Antetokounmpo 1 Blocks Nicolas Claxton 1
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Milwaukee 86 44.0 8-27 4-9 14 44 3 2 16
Brooklyn 125 52.1 21-42 6-7 27 42 3 8 9
Upcoming Games
  • Brooklyn will play their next game on the road against Milwaukee. The Nets have a W/L % of .688 after a win and .625 after a loss.
  • Milwaukee will play their next game at home against Brooklyn. The Bucks have a W/L % of .696 after a win and .538 after a loss.