The Rundown: Giannis delivers, lifts Bucks past Nets in OT

Published April 1, 2022, 2:00 PMJC Ansis

Giannis Antetokounmpo came up huge at the end of regulation and in overtime to steer the Bucks past the Nets.


Bucks 120, Nets 119 OT
Hawks 131, Cavaliers 107
Pistons 102, Sixers 94
Bulls 135, Clippers 130 OT
Jazz 122, Lakers 109

What went down

The showdown between the Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets was good as advertised. And even though the Nets are far down the East standings than the Bucks, the game felt like a playoff game. And rightfully so, given the competitive series they had in last season's playoffs.

The game was tight in the fourth quarter, like Round 12 of a title bout between two heavyweight sluggers, with each team unpacking punch after punch. When Brooklyn made a run, Milwaukee made a run of its own. It seemed like the Nets were going to pull out a win in regulation but Giannis Antetokounmpo drilled a triple to send the game into overtime.

The slugfest carried over into the extra session. With the Bucks up two 8.7 seconds left, Kevin Durant was fouled at the 3-point arc and made all three attempts to give the Nets the lead. But on the other end, Giannis drove hard to the lane and earned a trip to the line with three seconds remaining.

The Greek Freak knocked down both to put Milwaukee on top. The Nets had one final chance to steal the game but Durant missed a turnaround 3, giving the Bucks the OT victory.

Big-time baller

In the huge matchup against Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo came up huge. He finished with 44 points (67% FG), 14 boards, and six assists.

He made the crucial triple that forced OT and made the two game-winning free throws at the end. Giannis is now 5-0 in his last five matchups vs. KD. And by the way, he just passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the Bucks' all-time leading scorer.


Special shoutout to DeMar DeRozan who dropped a 50-ball on the LA Clippers. He became the 6th player in Bulls history with a 50-point game.

What he said

Great recognizes great. Heat legend Dwyane Wade states his case why Philly's Joel Embiid deserves to win this season's top individual award.

Did you see that?

Kevin Durant is a bad man on the floor. There's no denying that. In all the teams he's played for, he's been their best player. He's won awards and he's won championships. But did you see/hear what he said during a recent interview with The Ringer? Do you agree?