Road reaction: Nets 129, Bucks 127 (3OT)
A triple-overtime win in Brooklyn helped propel the Milwaukee Bucks to their surprising start to the season. Four months later, the Bucks were on the other end of a heartbreaking loss at Barclays Center.
Milwaukee missed attempts at game-winning shots at the end of regulation and the second overtime, while Brooklyn took control in the third overtime to outlast the Bucks for a 129-127 victory.
The Bucks have now lost four straight games and 12 of 16 to fall under .500 (34-35) for the first time since Dec. 27. Milwaukee’s road losing streak sits at 10 games, as the Bucks’ last win away from home came on Feb. 2.
1 big moment: It is hard to pick just one big moment from a game that had many.
With the game tied at 101 at the end of regulation, Giannis Antetokounmpo missed a turnaround jumper from the right elbow.
After Bojan Bogdanovic drilled a 3-pointer off an offensive rebound to put the Nets up 111-109 with 19.7 seconds left in the first overtime, Antetokounmpo connected on a tough runner in the lane to even the score and send the game to a second overtime.
Consecutive layups by Michael Carter-Williams gave the Bucks a 117-114 advantage in the second overtime, but Joe Johnson hit a tough 3-pointer from the corner to tie the game with 18.1 seconds on the clock. Khris Middleton had a chance to give the Bucks a win at the buzzer but missed a 15-footer.
Brook Lopez scored the first five points of the third overtime, leaving the Bucks to play catch up. Middleton got two good looks at game-tying 3-point attempts in the final seconds but missed both, allowing the Nets to hold on for the win.
2 top performers: Lopez led Brooklyn with 32 points and a season-high 18 rebounds. After scoring just two points in the first two overtimes, Lopez scored the first five points of the third extra session to give the Nets control of the game.
It was a career night for Bucks center Zaza Pachulia, as the veteran center finished with 22 points and a career-high 21 rebounds. His 18 offensive rebounds not only set a Bucks franchise record but also were the most in an NBA game since Dennis Rodman grabbed 18 offensive rebounds for Detroit in March of 1992. Prior to Friday, Swen Nater held the Bucks franchise record for offensive rebounds in a single game with 15 on Dec. 19, 1976.
3 key stats: Milwaukee’s 38 offensive rebounds Saturday set a new franchise record, surpassing the previous high of 32 set against San Antonio on March 8, 1988. The Bucks fell just four rebounds shy of their franchise record of 85 total rebounds, a record that has stood since Dec. 11, 1968. Milwaukee was unable to win despite an 81-53 advantage on the glass mostly due to the fact it only turned 38 offensive rebounds into 29 second-chance points.
After setting a season high for points in the first half with 68 points by halftime, the Bucks scored a combined 59 points in the second half and the three overtime sessions.
Milwaukee’s starters combined for 113 of the team’s 127 points. Three Bucks had at least 20 points and 10 rebounds. Prior to Saturday, the Bucks only had one individual 20 and 10 game this season.
Said: "Guys are giving everything they have. Guys played a lot of minutes. We put ourselves in position to win a game on the road and came up short. I don’t know if (we are) snake bit, but the game of basketball goes that way for you sometimes." — Bucks coach Jason Kidd
Seen: Jared Dudley (back) and O.J. Mayo (hamstring) did not make the trip to Brooklyn. Mayo has missed three straight and 10 of Milwaukee’s last 13 games, while Dudley has now sat out four consecutive games.
The Bucks have missed game-winning shot attempts in each of their last three road games. Middleton missed in Indiana and Brooklyn, Ersan Ilyasova in New Orleans and Antetokounmpo in Brooklyn.
Miami won by 17 points over Denver on Friday to move to within 1 1/2 games of the Bucks for the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Heat were the only team chasing Milwaukee to win Friday, as Charlotte, Boston and Indiana all lost.
Next: The Bucks begin a crucial four-game homestand Sunday afternoon against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Tipoff is at 2 p.m. CT at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Cleveland clinched a playoff spot with a 95-92 victory over Indiana on Friday.
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