There will be a Game 7!
Winning Game 6 104-89, the Milwaukee Bucks keep their season alive and ensure that the home teams improve to an unbeaten 6-0 this series.
Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton combined for 68 in the must-win contest but from a team perspective, the biggest difference-maker was the fastbreak points.
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
The hosts outscored the Nets 26-4 on fastbreak points and went on an 18-2 run midway through the fourth quarter to pull away late after the visitors had cut the deficit to as few as five.
"They are a fast team in transition," Kevin Durant said postgame. "But I think we gave them a lot of opportunities especially with tough shots, turnovers and they thrive off that stuff."
Durant was the Nets' top scorer with 32 points but given his lofty standards of play, he struggled from beyond the arc going 2-of-8 on 3-pointers and committing seven of the team's 16 turnovers.
"It definitely hurt us," Steve Nash said postgame about the fastbreak differential. "I think we had some problems getting back in transition. We didn't create anything in transition, so that was a huge discrepancy there."
Despite the loss, the Nets have the luxury of going back home for Game 7, tallying up two wins more than the Bucks in the regular season. Historically, the hosts are 109-31 in Game 7s.
James Harden, who played an improved game with 16 points, seven assists and four steals, pointed to that advantage for the team postgame.
James Harden talks about having Game 7 at home in Barclays Center- Nets Videos (@SNYNets) June 18, 2021
"We have the 2nd seed for this particular reason. Just got to go out there and hoop at home - one game" pic.twitter.com/OEaGVH9Ei8
Both teams have a day off to recover from this one and put it all on the line once again for a Game 7 which is scheduled for Saturday, June 19 at 8:30 p.m ET.
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