Antetokounmpo, Bucks capitalize on Irving injury, even series with Nets

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Giannis Askounis

13/Jun/21 23:48

An early exit for Kyrie Irving makes a big impact on Game 4

By Johnny Askounis/

The Milwaukee Bucks rolled the Brooklyn Nets, 107-96, to tie the NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Semifinals best-of-seven series at 2-2 on Sunday.

Giannis Antetokounmpo enjoyed an early triple and kept going on his way to a game-high 34 points. The Greek Freak was again the driving force managing to enter the paint at will. He also registered 12 rebounds, three assists, and one block in Game 4. His brother, Thanasis was held off the stat sheet in limited action.

Khris Middleton had 19 points. Jrue Holiday followed with 14 points and P.J. Tucker logged 13 points. On the opposite side, Kevin Durant posted a 28-point, 13-rebound double-double. French teammate Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot recorded three points and one assist at Fiserv Forum.

The visitors went up 11 in the second quarter, a few minutes prior to Kyrie Irving’s injury. He rolled his right ankle and was ruled out for the remainder of the game during halftime. The Bucks with an early hot streak from beyond the arc dug their way out of the double-digit deficit with a 12-2 run and extended into a much safer distance after the break.

Irving, 29, exited with 11 points in 17 minutes. His side was already without James Harden. Spencer Dinwiddie is also sidelined, but Jeff Green was cleared to return after missing the last six games and went for eight points.

Game 5 is scheduled to be held at Barclays Center on Tuesday.

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