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Brooklyn Nets small forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson reacts during the second quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets small forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson reacts during the second quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 30 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the cold-shooting Brooklyn Nets 113-94 on Monday night.

The injury-depleted Nets missed 19 of their first 20 3-point attempts, making it another easy night for the team with the NBA's best record. Brooklyn finished 5 for 42 (11.9 percent) behind the arc.

Malcolm Brogdon added 16 points and Eric Bledsoe had 15 for the Bucks, who won their fourth straight, all by double digits.

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Jan 9, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) drives against Atlanta Hawks power forward John Collins (20) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jan 9, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) drives against Atlanta Hawks power forward John Collins (20) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

For the first time in over a month, the Brooklyn Nets are on a losing streak.

Now they get an opportunity to break it against the best team in the league.

After losses in San Antonio and Orlando, the Nets host the league-leading Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night.

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Dec 21, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson yells at referee Tony Brothers (25) during the fourth quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 21, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson yells at referee Tony Brothers (25) during the fourth quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

MILWAUKEE (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo got turned away early but made the clutch plays late.

One of the NBA's most dynamic dunkers shook off a rare rejection and helped the Milwaukee Bucks turn away Brooklyn's attempt to rally from a 23-point deficit in a 129-115 win over the undermanned Nets on Saturday.

Antetokounmpo had his third triple-double of the season with 31 points , 10 rebounds and 10 assists, while Khris Middleton scored 29 points, despite a quad injury. The Bucks, who have won three straight and seven of eight, extended their NBA-best record to 25-10.

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis, of Latvia, reacts after fouling out against the Denver Nuggets in the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 130-118. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis, of Latvia, reacts after fouling out against the Denver Nuggets in the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 130-118. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

The Enes Kanter-Giannis Antetokounmpo scuffle wasn't the only beef that was born in Milwaukee Thursday night.

After the Knicks big man and Bucks star got into a heated exchange during the fourth quarter of Milwaukee's 112-96 winKristaps Porzingis hopped on social media to rip the Bucks assistant coach who involved himself in the skirmish.

"That was some bs tonight!!!" Porzingis posted in an Instagram story late Thursday. "And that bucks assistant coach needs to sit his ass down before grabbing Enes like that. grab your own players not the opp. team. foh"

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Dec 27, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) confronts New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) after a foul leading to an ejection in the fourth quarter at the Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports  (Benny Sieu)
Dec 27, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) confronts New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) after a foul leading to an ejection in the fourth quarter at the Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

Enes Kanter already appeared to be ticked off heading into Thursday's rematch with the Bucks. Throw in Giannis Antetokounmpo and that's enough to start some trouble.

Kanter, who started the game on the bench in favor of Luke Kornet, was ejected in the fourth quarter of the Knicks' 112-96 loss after getting into a heated exchange with Antetokounmpo.

With the Knicks down 91-82 in the fourth quarter, the Greek Freak drove to the net only to crash into Kanter's left arm, sending the Bucks forward straight to the floor. Kanter then gave him a look and things escalated from there, with the two exchanging words before being separated by members of the coaching staff.

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Dec 27, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) passes the ball around New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay (1) in the second quarter at the Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)
Dec 27, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) passes the ball around New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay (1) in the second quarter at the Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

The Knicks were done in by the Bucks for the second straight game, as Giannis Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee to a 112-96 win on Thursday night. >> Box score

Things to know about Thursday's game

1) Yet again, Antetokounmpo was too much for the Knicks with 31 points on 10-of-21 shooting, 14 rebounds, eight assists, and four blocks on the night. He also made it to the charity stripe for 14 free throw attempts, while hitting 10 of them. 

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Dec 25, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dribbles the ball while being defended by New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Dec 25, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dribbles the ball while being defended by New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

MILWAUKEE -- Back home and rested up after an impressive return to the NBA's Christmas slate, the Milwaukee Bucks will return to action Thursday night against the same New York Knicks team they beat handily just two days ago.

Giannis Antetokounmpo's first career Christmas appearance was a memorable one. He scored 30 points with 14 rebounds, four steals, three assists and two blocks in 35 minutes in Milwaukee's 109-95 victory, which came on the heels of a disappointing showing just days earlier in Miami -- marking the 10th time the Bucks have followed a loss with a victory this season.

Three-pointers have been the Bucks' offensive hallmark this season but they weren't falling against the Knicks. Milwaukee hit just 6 of 32 attempts, marking a season low for makes, but head coach Mike Budenholzer was impressed with how the team made up for that problem with an increased presence on the defensive end -- holding the Knicks to 46 points on 32 percent shooting in the opening half and withstanding a third-quarter surge before closing out strong for the victory. >> Read More

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Dec 19, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) dribbles against the Philadelphia 76ers during the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Dec 19, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) dribbles against the Philadelphia 76ers during the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Not a creature was stirring at Madison Square Garden on Christmas, not even the fans. 

At least that is what rookie Kevin Knox said following the Knicks' 109-95 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday. 

The Knicks rookie, who scored 21 points in the loss, sounded confused as to why the Garden crowd was not buzzing for the noon game on Christmas day. 

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Dec 25, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dribbles the ball while being defended by New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Dec 25, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dribbles the ball while being defended by New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Knicks kept up with the Bucks in the first half, but Milwaukee played Grinch in the second to crush the Christmas spirit at Madison Square Garden with a 109-95 victory. >> Box score

Things to know about Tuesday's game

1) There was no groin-punching this Christmas, as Giannis Antetokounmpo didn't see his beef with Mario Hezonja extend to Tuesday's game because the latter didn't play. The quarreling between the two began when Hezonja stepped over Antetokounmpo after throwing down a dunk during the Knicks' OT win over the Bucks on Dec. 1. It evolved into some threats of hits below the belt and even some trash talking from the Bucks team website. But David Fizdale decided against a potential Round Two.

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New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson dunks against Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and forward Khris Middleton during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson dunks against Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and forward Khris Middleton during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Madison Square Garden, home to some of the great boxing matches in the history of the sport, will be home on Tuesday to one of the NBA's great Round Twos of the season as Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks head to New York for a Christmas Day showdown, a game that also doubles as a rematch of the Greek Freak-Mario Hezonja beef that began in a Dec. 1 game.

After Hezonja dunked on and then walked over Antetokounmpo in rather disrespectful fashion, Antetokounmpo said he'd deliver a bit of retribution the next time the teams saw each other, retribution in the form of a punch below the belt.

Who knows if the two will actually meet on Tuesday. >> Read More

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Brooklyn Nets center Tyler Zeller comes down with a rebound against the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre. (John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets center Tyler Zeller comes down with a rebound against the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre. (John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY Sports)

The Nets traded center Tyler Zeller to the Milwaukee Bucks for guard Rashad Vaughn and a second-round pick, according to Yahoo! Sports' Shams Charania.

If the Bucks' second-round pick lands between 31 to 47, it becomes Phoenix's pick, and Brooklyn would then acquire the Bucks' 2020 unprotected second-rounder, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

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Mar 8, 2017; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) and New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) reach for the loose ball during the second quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 8, 2017; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) and New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) reach for the loose ball during the second quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 22 of his 32 points in the second half to help the Milwaukee Bucks overcome a third-quarter deficit and beat the New York Knicks 104-93 on Wednesday night.

The Bucks extended their winning streak to four games with the win, moving to within a half-game of Chicago for the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

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Feb 13, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) reacts in the third quarter against Memphis Grizzlies at Barclays Center. Grizzles win 112-103. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 13, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) reacts in the third quarter against Memphis Grizzlies at Barclays Center. Grizzles win 112-103. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports

The Nets take on the Bucks at Barclays Center on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. 

According to STATS:

  • The Bucks have won seven consecutive games over the Nets dating back to April 12, 2015, their longest active winning streak versus any opponent.
  • The Nets bench is averaging 44.3 points per game this season. Only the Lakers bench, which is scoring 50.9 points per game, is averaging more.
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of just two players this season leading his team in points (1,228), rebounds (458), assists (292), and blocks (105). DeMarcus Cousins is the other (1,515 points, 581 rebounds, 261 assists, and 72 blocks).
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Dec 30, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) against the New Orleans Pelicans during the second quarter of a game at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 30, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) against the New Orleans Pelicans during the second quarter of a game at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks finish off their home-and-home series with the Bucks in Milwaukee on Friday night at 8 p.m. 

According to STATS...

  • This is the back end of a home-and-home series, as these two teams faced each other in New York on Wednesday, Milwaukee coming away with the one-point (105-104) victory. The Bucks have won four of their last five home contests against the Knicks.
  • The Knicks' 105-104 loss to Milwaukee on Wednesday was their fourth game this season decided by two or fewer points (2-2). Those four games are tied for seventh most in the NBA.
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The Knicks host the Bucks at Madison Square Garden at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday night. 

According to STATS... 

  • The Bucks have won six of their last eight games against the Knicks, but lost the most recent matchup, 100-88, in New York on January 10, 2016
  • Milwaukee is currently averaging 51.0 points in the paint per game this season, which is the most in the NBA and the most by a team since the 2013-14 Detroit Pistons (51.9).
  • The Knicks assisted on just 18 of their 39 made field goals in the 115-103 loss to the Magic on Monday. New York is 1-11 (.083) this year when recording fewer than 20 assists, the worst record in the NBA (minimum three games).
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Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson coaches against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson coaches against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

The Nets (5-12) take on the Milwaukee Bucks (8-8) at Barclays Center on Thursday night.

According to STATS:

  • The Bucks have won seven of the last eight matchups against the Nets, including a 110-108 home win on October 29 earlier this season.
  • Milwaukee defeated Cleveland 118-101 on Tuesday, snapping its three-game losing streak versus the Cavs. The Bucks scored 68 points in the paint, which is tied for the third-most paint points scored in an NBA game this year.
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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) reacts after hitting a three point shot against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) reacts after hitting a three point shot against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

NEW YORK -- On Tuesday, the Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets capitalized on opponents not giving proper effort and emerged with wins over elite competition.

Both teams will attempt to follow up those impressive victories when the Bucks visit the Nets on Thursday.

Milwaukee has won three of four games since a three-point home loss to the Golden State Warriors on Nov. 19. The third victory in that stretch was Tuesday's 118-101 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Oct 28, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Greivis Vasquez (21) and forward Luis Scola (4) react after leading in the fourth quarter against the Indiana Pacers during second half at Barclays Center. The Nets won 103-94. Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 28, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Greivis Vasquez (21) and forward Luis Scola (4) react after leading in the fourth quarter against the Indiana Pacers during second half at Barclays Center. The Nets won 103-94. Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

For the second straight season, the Milwaukee Bucks laid an egg opening the season in front of their home fans, falling 107-96 to the Charlotte Hornets.The problems that plagued Milwaukee in its opener are the same that tortured the Bucks last season: an inability to make 3-pointers and lengthy defensive lapses that allowed opponents to build double-digit leads.Milwaukee made just 3 of 16 3-point attempts and Charlotte shot 45 percent from the field and outrebounded the Bucks 51-46.

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Milwaukee Bucks small forward Giannis Antetokounmpo grabs a rebound in front of New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
Milwaukee Bucks small forward Giannis Antetokounmpo grabs a rebound in front of New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

NBA stars Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks and Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks battled it out in Athens in a game of streetball Sunday, watched by a crowd of 5,000.

Played in an open court in Greece's largest public high school, the "Antetokounbros Streetball Event" ended 123-123. No overtime was played.

Porzingis scored 21 points but was overshadowed by team member Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Giannis' older brother, who scored 69. The two had played for a few games together last season, when Thanasis was signed by the Knicks on a 10-day contract. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the other team with 64 points. The other players were a mixture of veteran pros and amateurs.

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Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo shoots over Brooklyn Nets forward Thaddeus Young and Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez in the first half at Barclays Center. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo shoots over Brooklyn Nets forward Thaddeus Young and Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez in the first half at Barclays Center. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 28 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds, nearly getting his fourth triple-double in the last 11 games by halftime, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Brooklyn Nets 109-100 on Sunday night.

Antetokounmpo already had 12 points, nine assists and eight rebounds by the half on his way to becoming the first Bucks player with four triple-doubles in a season. All of them have come since Feb. 22.

Jabari Parker added 23 points, and Khris Middleton had 19 points to help the Bucks win their third straight game.

Brook Lopez scored 20 points for the Nets, who dropped their fourth in a row. Sean Kilpatrick added 19 in his first home game with the Nets after they returned from a franchise-record, nine-game trip. >> Read more

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New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony swats the ball away from Milwaukee Bucks small forward Giannis Antetokounmpo during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USATSI)
New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony swats the ball away from Milwaukee Bucks small forward Giannis Antetokounmpo during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USATSI)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Carmelo Anthony had 24 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, Kristaps Porzingis had a few more highlight plays during New York's high-flying third quarter, and the Knicks beat the Milwaukee Bucks 100-88 on Sunday night.

The Knicks broke it open in the third by outshooting and outdunking one of the NBA's most athletic teams. Porzingis was at the forefront, with a sensational follow dunk on one end and a blocked shot on the other as the Knicks began pouring it on in the middle of the period.

He had 15 points for the Knicks, who won for the fourth time in five games. He hit a deep 3-pointer in the third, but his putback dunk, when the 7-foot-3 rookie's arm seemed to reach up from one side of the rim and dunk it from the other, stood out.

Greg Monroe had 28 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks, and Khris Middleton added 20. They have lost three of four. >> Read more...

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Tonight at the Barclays Center, the 9-19 Nets host the 6-22 Milwaukee Bucks in a virtual must-win game for Brooklyn. In the midst of a four-game losing streak, with three straight games against NBA title contenders on the immediate horizon, the time to snap this recent slide is right now.

The last time these two teams met, the Nets won 90-82 back on December 7 in Milwaukee, and it ignited a three-game win streak at the time. Even though Brooklyn's since lost their best player, if they can't win this game, at home, against the worst team in the NBA... You get the picture. It won't be pretty.

Without Lopez, the Nets' big men have a lot on their plate. It won't get much easier tonight, as the Bucks are expected to get center Larry Sanders back from injury.

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The Nets (6-14) beat the Bucks (4-16) tonight by a score of 90-82.

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[sny-box]The Nets got 20 big first half points from Brook Lopez and only turned the ball over one time in the half only to be down 40-39.

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Tonight, the 5-14 Nets are on the road again for a matchup with the 4-15 Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks enter tonight in the Eastern Conference basement, and the Nets would be in danger of falling into a last-place tie with a loss.

The Nets have lost 12 of their last 15, and quite frankly, it's not going to get any easier than this as far as road games go. It's a virtual must-win for Brooklyn against a team ranked dead last in Offensive Rating at 94.4 points per 100 possessions, and second to last in the NBA in both points per game and rebounds per game this season.

Additionally, this will be the second game of a back-to-back for Milwaukee, who won an overtime game last night and might have some tired legs tonight. The Bucks are 18th in three-point attempts, but tied for ninth in three-point percentage, so the Nets will have to be aware of that and try to force them to take shots from inside the arc.

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