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Bucks outlast Nets in game seven overtime thriller

Holiday and Middleton struggled offensively for much of the game. They were a combined 14 for 49 from the field, including 4 for 16 on three-pointers. But they found just enough offence when Milwaukee needed it most in the fourth quarter.

Middleton had 11 points in the fourth, and Holiday had nine. Both made big three-pointers and important free throws with the game in the balance. Antetokounmpo, Middleton and Holiday were the only Bucks to score in the fourth quarter. Brook Lopez scored 19 points, and three of his four blocked shots came in the fourth quarter and overtime.

The Nets were hampered by injuries and still almost won. Kyrie Irving missed the final three games of the series with a sprained ankle, and James Harden missed all but 43 seconds of the first three games of the series with a sore hamstring.

Harden had 22 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in game seven. Every Nets starter scored in double figures and played at least 40 minutes. Harden also played all 53 minutes, and Bruce Brown played 52. The short Nets bench did not score a point.

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