The rebuilding plan is way ahead of schedule for the
A year after a franchise-worst 67-loss season, the Bucks are headed to the playoffs.
Ersan Ilyasova scored 21 points and Coach Jason Kidd's team relied on defense in a 96-73 victory over the
"To be honest, I always believed we could do better. But I didn't know if we could go from 15 wins to get 40," said Giannis Antetokounmpo, who finished with 13 points.
The athletic 20-year-old forward is one of the big reasons why the Bucks are the first team since the 2008-09 Miami Heat to make the playoffs a year after having the
"Our goal was to go to the playoffs, from Day 1. Everybody believed in it. I started believing in it and we made it," the 6-foot-11 Antetokounmpo said.
O.J. Mayo added 17 points for the Bucks, who held Brooklyn to 32% shooting. It was a season low for points for a Bucks opponent.
Brook Lopez had his 17th double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Nets. They are tied for eighth with Indiana in the East, a game behind Boston. The Nets have the tiebreaker over the
at Indiana 116, Oklahoma City 104:
at San Antonio 107, Phoenix 91:
at Boston 117, Cleveland 78:
at Washington 108, Atlanta 99:
at Houston 121, New Orleans 114:
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