Bucks 124, Nets 118: Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant Combine for 70 Points for Brooklyn

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The Brooklyn Nets lost to the Milwaukee Bucks, 124-118.
The Brooklyn Nets came away empty in their two-game set with the Bucks in Milwaukee, dropping their second game in three days to the Bucks, 124-118 on Tuesday night.

After Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving powered a high-scoring third quarter that drove the Nets to a 94-92 lead going into the fourth quarter, it was an 18-1 Milwaukee run that turned the tide in giving the Bucks a double-digit lead midway through the fourth quarter. Brooklyn cut that deficit to four points with a minute to go before the Bucks closed it out.

"We had a poor stretch," said Nets head coach Steve Nash. "I think it was a little bit of a photo of the night in general that they were just overall more physical than us at both ends of the floor. Our team, our gap for our team is that we don't have a common history. We're brand new, everything's new. We've changed teams more or less a number of times, so we've got a gap to make up as far as our understanding of one another.

"And while we make up that gap, we've got to be more physical, we've got to win 50-50 balls, and we've got to do the dirty work, because we have to give ourselves some sort of buffer while we figure each other out, while we get more familiar with our schemes and our sets, and give us give ourself that little cushion, where maybe it's not as smooth, it's not as seamless at all times, but we're still able to scrap and claw and stay in the games."

The Nets (43-23) are now 1½ games ahead of the Bucks (41-24) for second place in the Eastern Conference…
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