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Durant's sensational performance sends Nets to 3-2 series lead over Bucks

The Nets superstar scored 49 points, handing the Bucks a devastating loss.
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Posted at 10:36 PM, Jun 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-15 23:36:50-04

NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Durant had 49 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists in one of the best performances in postseason history, sending the Brooklyn Nets back into the lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals with a 114-108 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 5.

With James Harden returning but delivering little offense and Kyrie Irving out, Durant played all 48 minutes and shot 16 for 23 from the field.

He scored 20 points in the fourth quarter. The two-time NBA Finals MVP became the first player in NBA history to have at least 45 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists in a playoff game.

The Bucks led by as many as 17 points, but couldn't withstand the ferocious rally from Durant and the Nets in the second half.

Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 34 points and 12 assists, but committed a crucial turnover in the final minute of the game. With the Bucks trailing by two, Antetokounmpo fumbled and lost a pass from Khris Middleton.

Had Antetokounmpo handled it, he could have dunked to tie the game. Instead, Durant hit free throws down the stretch and the nets hung on for the six point victory.

Game 6 is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday night at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee. If the Bucks lose, their season is over.