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Nets vs. Bucks score, takeaways: Antetokounmpo leads Milwaukee to double-digit win over Brooklyn in opener

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks didn’t let the celebration of the franchise’s first NBA Championship in half a century distract them as they opened up their title defense.

In his first game since scoring 50 points in a final victory over the Phoenix Suns in Game 6 of the NBA, Antetokounmpo tallied 32 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists to lead the Bucks to a victory. of 127-104 on the Brooklyn Nets Tuesday night. .

“We are part of history,” Antetokounmpo said. “I’m excited. But now it’s over. We need to focus on building good habits, keep moving forward and keep playing basketball well and hopefully we can repeat that this year, next year, and all the years we are here on. the road.

Khris Middleton and Pat Connaughton each added 20 points to help the Bucks withstand the loss to Jrue Holiday, who missed the second half with a bruised right heel after scoring 12 points. Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said the MRI results over the holidays were encouraging.

Kevin Durant led the Nets with 32 points and 11 rebounds. Patty Mills scored 21 points and shot 7 of 7 for 3 points. James Harden added 20 points.

“We weren’t very good,” Brooklyn coach Steve Nash said. “If you don’t play at a high level against the champions, you’re not going to win.”

The Nets were missing star goalie Kyrie Irving, who is not with the team due to his refusal to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

Jennings and former Bucks goalie Michael Redd were both in the crowd.

The rings, designed by Jason of Beverly Hills, have 360 ​​diamonds on top to represent the Bucks’ total earnings under current ownership. There are 16 emerald-shaped diamonds on either side, symbolizing their 16 playoff victories last season and their 16 division titles in franchise history.

“My first thought as soon as it was handed to me is that this is the biggest ring I have ever seen in my life, and it has a lot of diamonds in it,” Nwora said.

Herb Kohl, the 86-year-old former US Senator who owned the Bucks from 1985 to 2014, also received a ring and a standing ovation when announced.

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks didn’t let the celebration of the franchise’s first NBA championship in half a century distract them as they opened their title defence.

In his first game since scoring 50 points in a title-clinching Game 6 NBA Finals victory over the Phoenix Suns, Antetokounmpo had 32 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists to lead the Bucks to a 127-104 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night.

“We’re part of history,” Antetokounmpo said. “I’m excited. But now it’s over with. We’ve got to focus on building good habits, keep moving forward and keep playing good basketball and hopefully we can repeat this again this year, next year and all the years that we’re going to be here down the road.”

Khris Middleton and Pat Connaughton each added 20 points to help the Bucks withstand the loss of Jrue Holiday, who sat out the second half with a bruised right heel after scoring 12 points. Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said MRI results on Holiday were encouraging.

Kevin Durant led the Nets with 32 points and 11 rebounds. Patty Mills scored 21 points and shot 7 of 7 from 3-point range. James Harden added 20 points.

“We weren’t very good,” Brooklyn coach Steve Nash said. “If you’re not playing at a high level against the champs, you’re not going to win.”

The Nets were missing star guard Kyrie Irving, who isn’t with the team due to his refusal to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

A New York mandate requires professional athletes on local teams to be vaccinated to practice or play in public venues. Rather than using Irving exclusively in road games, the Nets decided he wouldn’t play or practice with them at all until he could be a full participant.

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