Game 5 between the Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets has a chance to go down as one of the greatest and worst NBA playoff games of all-time, depending on whose point of view you are looking at this game from. For the Bucks, this may go down as the worst loss in team history and for the Nets, this has a chance to be their championship defining moment.
After trailing by 17 points in the first-half and not being able to get anything going their way, the Brooklyn Nets came out in the second-half of Game 5 against the Bucks and controlled every single second of this game. The Bucks fought back the Nets for most of the third quarter, but Brooklyn slowly started cutting into this lead point after point until they trailed by just 6 points heading into the fourth quarter.
From that point on, Kevin Durant had fire in his eyes and this was his game to lose! Durant had an all-time great playoff performance in NBA history scoring 49 points and also adding 17 points and 10 assists to his name. He became the first player in NBA Playoff history to have 45+ points, 15+ rebounds and 10+ assists in a game, but the most impressive stat from this historic game by Durant was that he played all 48 minutes in the game!
Kevin Durant did not exit the game once and the only breaks he got were during timeouts and at halftime! For a guy that tore his Achilles two years ago, Durant looks even better than he did before the injury, which is a very scary thought.
This was an extremely impressive win for the Brooklyn Nets and now, with them up 3-2 in this series, they are on the verge of making the Eastern Conference Finals for the first-time since 2003, when they made it all the way to the NBA Finals. With that said, let’s dive in and take a look at the three biggest takeaways from Game 5 that will define Game 6 and how this series plays out.