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Mike Budenholzer's Increased Minutes for Giannis, Lopez Gamble Pay Off

The Milwaukee Bucks have a pulse. Khris Middleton—with a game-high 35 points and 15 (!) rebounds—finally looked like the mid-range assassin he is, while Giannis Antetokounmpo was a clap of thunder in transition who wreaked havoc as a roll man all night long.

Meanwhile, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving combined to shoot 20-for-50 from the floor, and the Nets only generated 85.6 points per 100 possessions in the 86-83 loss on Thursday. That’s the second-worst offensive rating they’ve had all season. (They were less effective in a March 24th loss against the Jazz, in a game where Tyler Johnson, Jeff Green, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, Joe Harris and Bruce Brown were the starting five.