After a historic all-time performance from Kevin Durant in Game 5, the Bucks take care of business back home with a comfortable 104-89 to force a Game 7.
Khris Middleton historic game tonight.- StatMuse (@statmuse) June 18, 2021
38 PTS (playoff career-high)
He is the first player in NBA history with 30/10/5/5s and 5+ threes in a playoff game. pic.twitter.com/chjrogHCee
This is going to be the second Game 7 of the 2021 postseason and the 141st in NBA history with the higher seed holding a record of 109-31 (77.9%) in the previous 140.
If the Nets win Game 7, the home teams will be an unbeaten 7-0 in the series, and the franchise will advance to their third Conference Finals since joining the NBA in 1976-77. It's their first trip back to the Conference Finals since their previous NBA Finals visit in 2013 and also the first since moving to Brooklyn.
For the Bucks, if they win Game 7 on the road, they will advance to their second Conference Finals in the last three years having previously reached that stage in 2019.
That said, let's take a quick look at how both franchises have fared in Game 7s in the past.
- This is just the fourth Game 7 in franchise history since joining the NBA. They hold a 1-2 record in the previous three instances.
- Their most recent 'winner-take-all' contest, a win, came in the first round of the 2014 playoffs against the Toronto Raptors. That win was sealed by a clutch block in the final seconds courtesy of Paul Pierce.
- This will be the first Game 7 for Steve Nash as a head coach.
- Kevin Durant has featured in four Game 7s in his career and holds a record of 3-1 with his only loss coming in the 2016 Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors, who came back from a 3-1 series deficit.
- For James Harden, this will be the fifth Game 7 of his career and he also holds a record of 3-1 in the previous four with his only loss coming in the 2018 Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors.
- This is the 11th Game 7 in franchise history and the Bucks hold a 2-8 record.
- Their last 'winner-take-all' game, a loss, was in the first round of the 2018 playoffs against the Boston Celtics.
- Although Mike Budenholzer has been a head coach in the NBA for eight straight seasons, this is just his second Game 7. He lost his first Game 7 in the first round of the 2014 playoffs against the top-seeded Indiana Pacers.
- This is the second career Game 7 for both Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton, having lost their first back in 2018 against the Celtics.
What to expect?
Through six games of this series, we have got a 39-point blowout and a 86-83 slugfest. How will Game 7 pan out?
According to FiveThirtyEight's NBA Predictions model, the Nets are 59% favourites to win Game 7. Both teams will take the floor for the one win-or-go-home game on Saturday, June 19 at 8:30 p.m. ET.
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