Fiserv Forum was rocking on Thursday night and so were the Milwaukee Bucks, who dominated the Brooklyn Nets from start to finish in Game 6. After a complete collapse in Game 5, the Bucks looked locked in for this one and they were able to beat the Nets 104-89, forcing a decisive Game 7 in this NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals series.
Kevin Durant put together another fantastic overall game, following up his 49-point Game 5 performance with 32 points on 15-30 shooting, as well as grabbing 11 rebounds, but nobody else on the Nets really stepped up in this one. James Harden is clearly still hurt and limited movement wise from a right hamstring injury he suffered in Game 1 of this series and the rest of Brooklyn’s starting five went 10-26 from the floor for just 26 points.
On the other side of things, Milwaukee was able to get out to an early lead and sustain their success in the second-half in large part because of Khris Middleton. He had a career-night, scoring 38 points on 11-16 shooting, including 5-8 shooting from deep, had 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals as well!
Between Middleton being able to score everytime he touched the ball to Giannis Antetokounmpo scoring 30 points and doing what he does best inside the paint, Milwaukee was too much offensively for the Nets to keep up with.
Now, with neither team relinquishing home court advantage, we head to Brooklyn on Saturday night for a winner-takes-all Game 7. Early on in this series, it did not look like this series had a chance to go seven games, but with injuries to both James Harden and Kyrie Irving, the Bucks have taken advantage of the situation at hand and seem like they are slight favorites heading into what will surely be a fantastic Game 7.
All of the talk will be about who can take advantage of who in the final game of this series and who will be able to get off to the faster start offensively, but we learned a lot from Milwaukee’s Game 6 victory. With that said, let’s look at the two biggest takeaways from Game 6 and take a look at what the deciding factor/question in this series will be.