Opening night for the 2021-22 season has arrived, with a marquee matchup to get things started.
On the back of their classic second round playoff series that went the distance, the Milwaukee Bucks will host the Brooklyn Nets at Fiserv Forum. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday and the championship winning Bucks will collect their rings pregame, while Kevin Durant and James Harden prepare to start their pursuit of the 2022 title.
We have you covered with live updates, highlights and more from all the action in the Nets-Bucks NBA Opening Night contest.
Nets vs. Bucks score
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Nets vs. Bucks live updates, highlights and more from NBA Opening Night
Final - Bucks 127, Nets 104
-A huge night in Milwaukee ends with a win. The defending champs collect their rings, unveil the championship banner and take down their biggest rival in the conference. A successful night indeed.
-Antetokounmpo checks out of the game. He finishes with 32 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists. What a start for the Finals MVP.
-Durant buries a long range triple and it's 115-101 with 3:45 on the clock. Giannis sat out the last few minutes. You would think he will return to help close this game out for Milwaukee.
-Milwaukee call time and this one feels a couple possessions away from possible being a wrap. Antetokounmpo is up to 32 points, 13 rebounds and six assists as the lead jumps to 112-95 wuth 5:50 to play.
NWORA SAID NO!!- Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) October 20, 2021
This entire sequence is 🤩 pic.twitter.com/eOXnBGlPZ7
-Nwora continues his nice night off the bench by canning a triple. The second year man has 13 points and five rebounds on 3-for-6 shooting from deep. The Bucks keep answering every call and still lead 106-93 with 8:08 to play.
Pat said:- Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) October 20, 2021
🗣COMING THROUGH!! pic.twitter.com/gH8aWRA6p8
-Patty Mills is SIZZLING hot right now. He is up to 7-for-7 from long range as the Nets try to stay in the game. Milwaukee lead 101-90 with 9:00 to play.
End of the third - Bucks 97, Nets 85
-Jordan Nwora puts the moves on Claxton and justtttt beats the buzzer with the floater. Milwaukee continue to hold the Nets at bay.
-Antetokounmpo has 25 points and 12 rebounds, Durant has 25 points and eight rebounds.
-Kevin Durant is starting to heat up for Brooklyn. He has 24 points but it's still Milwaukee holding the 88-77 edge with 2:43 to play in the third.
-With Jrue Holiday out for the night, the Bucks insert two-way guard, Justin Robinson. Milwaukee are also missing Rodney Hood, Bobby Portis, Semi Ojeleye and Donte DiVincenzo.
-Giannis kisses it off the glass with the left hand with a touch of english. Ridicuous.
Just kisses the glass 🤌 pic.twitter.com/GHjBx0Vp8X- Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) October 20, 2021
-Giannis is putting together some sort of game. He has 24 points, 12 rebounds and five assists halfway through the third quarter.
-Bucks lead 81-70 with 6:50 to play. The Nets are sticking close enough to make a run.
GA ➡️ GA pic.twitter.com/QwNPXL2ILf- Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) October 20, 2021
-The Bucks score first as Giannis finds Allen for a triple. Bucks 69, Nets 59.
-We are underway in the second half.
Halftime - Bucks 66, Nets 59
-Bad news for the Bucks, with Jrue Holiday ruled out with a heel contusion. The guard appeared to come up sore on a trip to the basket earlier in the second quarter.
-Milwaukee lead 61-48 with 3:13 to play until halftime.
-Patty Mills continues to fire for Brooklyn. He has 15 points on 5-for-5 shooting from long range. Harden also has 15 for Brooklyn.
sheeeeeesh @JHarden13 pic.twitter.com/yzNwjHQRMW- Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) October 20, 2021
-On multiple occassions Brooklyn players have failed to get back on defence, leaving their teammates to play 4-on-5. First it was Claxton and now Harden. Bucks lead 55-37 with 5:40 to play in the first half. Giannis leads all scorers with 15 points, eight rebounds and three assists.
-The Bucks continue to pour it on from long range in the second quarter. They lead 50-37 with 7:30 to play in the second quarter.
End of the first - Bucks 37, Nets 25
-Patty Mills catches fire for the Nets to keep them within touch after one. Mills has nine points on 3-for-3 shooting from long range.
Head down, to the hoop- Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) October 19, 2021
🎥 @JHarden13 pic.twitter.com/A2tY2Kk36r
-It's all Milwaukee in the first quarter. The Bucks lead 31-15 with 3:13 to play in the first quarter. Giannis already has 13 points, eight rebounds and this HUGE block on Claxton.
Giannis picking up where he left off with this block. pic.twitter.com/Poejr5qn4a- Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) October 19, 2021
-The Bucks are off to a fast start. They lead 15-8 with 7:14 to play and Giannis at the free-throw line.
Middleton is money!! pic.twitter.com/tiBp4d9e2N- Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) October 19, 2021
-Milwaukee are feasting on the offensive glass early in the game. They have four offensive rebounds and lead 10-6 with 8:29 to play in the first quarter.
-The 2021-22 season is oficially underway as the first shot of the season goes to Grayson Allen. A miss from long range.
Ok, there is actually some basketball to be played now...here are the Bucks starters with Grayson Allen the new face.
Tonight's starters for the Home Opener vs. Nets: pic.twitter.com/Ft0FY1y6aX- Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) October 19, 2021
The Nets are going big, with Nic Claxton getting the start on opening night.
Your first Brooklyn Nets starting 5️⃣ of the 2021-22 season ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/whsjF7L5AZ- Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) October 19, 2021
The 2021 championship banner is up in the rafters!
Forever enshrined. pic.twitter.com/tsDl7iWEUv- Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) October 19, 2021
The Finals MVP gets a huge ovation from the home crowd!
MVP!- Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) October 19, 2021
An up close look at Milwaukee's championship ring!
2021 Championship Ring.- Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) October 19, 2021
💍 @JewelersMutual pic.twitter.com/O30OcMaHXq
The party is underway in Milwaukee as the Bucks prepare to collect their championship rings!
The job is done. pic.twitter.com/VgV3rfsJel- Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) October 19, 2021
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