NBA: Record-setting Guinness picks up the box on the nets

Milwaukee Buck's Giannis Antetokunampo # 34 driving against Seth Curry # 30 of the Brooklyn Net Dury

Giannis Antetokunampo of the Milwaukee Box drives against Seth Curry of the Brooklyn Nets during their game at the Barclays Center on March 31, 2022 in New York City. (Getty Images via AFP)

LOS ANGELES – Giannis Antetoconmpo forced overtime with a milestone three-pointer and sealed a 120-119 Milwaukee win against Brooklyn on Thursday with two free throw drains that earned the NBA Champions Box play-off berth.

Milwaukee superstar Antetokunampo finished with 44 points, 14 rebounds and six assists – a prelude to a first-round play-off series.

Kevin Durant had 26 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds for Brooklyn, but as time ran out his potential game-winning three-pointer bounced off the rim.

Antetokounmpo broke Karim Abdul-Jabbar’s boxing franchise scoring record – topping the club’s all-time list with 18.7 seconds left with 3-pointers over net center Andre Drummond.

It tied the score at 110-110 and Durant couldn’t get the jump shot to fall then.

Durant’s three free throws lead 119-118 with 8.7 seconds left in overtime.

Kevin Durant # 8th

Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets defends against Milwaukee Box’s Giannis Antetocounpo during their game at the Barclays Center on March 31, 2022 in New York City. (Getty Images via AFP)

But Antetokunampo drives to the rim with an inbound pass, draws a foul and quietly throws the winner free.

Jrue Holiday added 19 points for Milwaukee and was dismissed for a great foul in the middle of the third quarter before Chris Middleton had 16, when he dropped Bruce Brown when the net player got up for Dank.

Although Box led 96-92 with 8:12 remaining in regulation, they suddenly cooled down and the Nets went ahead with an 11-0 scoring run and forced extra time before Milwaukee held themselves steady.

Abdul-Jabbar, the career-scoring leader of the NBA who started his career with the Boxes and scored 14,211 points for them from 1969-75, trailing 39 points in the Antetokounmpo competition.

But the two-time NBA Most Valuable Player, who is filing his claim to another MVP award, was reluctant to talk about the franchise’s record, instead focusing on the Box’s home game against the Los Angeles Clippers and the Miami from the Eastern Conference.

“Something has to be done here,” said Antetokunampo.

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Tennis: Djokovic remains No. 1 after falling to Medvedev Hurkaj in Miami

Daniel Medvedev (AFP)

MIAMI – Daniel Medvedev says physical struggles have ruined any chances of regaining the world number one ranking after losing 6-7 (9/6), 6-3 to Poland’s Hubert Hurkaj at the Miami Open on Friday.

Medvedev slipped to second place after losing in the third round to Gael Monfils in Indian Wells last week, but lost to defending Miami Open champion Hurkaj to regain the top spot from Serbia’s Novak Djokovic.

Instead, Hurkaj, ranked 10th in the semifinals, advanced to the semifinals, beating current US Open champion and 20-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic at Hard Rock Stadium.

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic (AFP)

The 18-year-old Spanish sensation will now face Carlos Alcaraz in Sunday’s final, which is now 2-2 against the Russians after a stellar performance, in which he defeated 48th-ranked Serbian Miomi Kekmanovic in three sets. The best match of the tournament.

Medvedev said he sometimes had trouble breathing and cramped so badly in the locker room that he felt like “a fish on the sofa.”

“All matches, I was not feeling my best,” Medvedev said. “After the hard point I was struggling to catch my breath. I wasn’t recovering fast enough. You just have to fight but in the second set I felt weird.

“I don’t often feel that way but it does happen sometimes when it’s hot. Maybe it was hot but I was dizzy and tired and there was a game where I could no longer serve. I was cramping in the locker room. “

Medvedev called the medical instructors in the second set.

“The physio gave me something,” he said. “You never know. You hope it will be a magic thing but it doesn’t always work like this.”

‘Cramp, cramp, cramp’

Hurkaj played well, taking full advantage of Medvedev’s struggle, which lasted well after he left the court.

“Usually I would sit in the locker room for a while but then I start cramping,” he said. “I took a bath and felt a little better. This was good advice because I was sitting, really tired and every muscle started to cramp, cramp, cramp. I was like a fish on the sofa.

“It simply came to our notice then. I will wake up and probably stay well, but it will not be good if I get knocked out of the tournament. “

Medvedev was having problems throughout his service game – his first serve percentage was only 43% because he tried to stay 2-5 behind in the first set, but hopefully when he fell behind and was able to draw the level at 5-5. .

But he could not stop the tide because Hurkaj, whose serve was the core in the last four.

“I knew Hubert could play great tennis and winning the game was more important than being number one,” Medvedev said. “That would be a bonus.”

Hurkaj said his return to service was crucial.

“I was able to return a lot and get some free points in my survey because it’s fun to assemble with Daniel, but they are long,” Hurkaj said. “It’s good that I got some free points.”

If Hurkaj wins on Friday, he will be the first player to reach the men’s singles and doubles finals at the Miami Open the same year. He teamed up with John Isner after the match against Medvedev and gave another strong performance to help beat Australian Open champions Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokinakis in the last four of the men’s doubles.

Alcaraz, meanwhile, will undoubtedly test his Polish opponent to beat Kekmanvik 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) to send the biggest crowd of this year’s tournament to the main court of Hard Rock. Joy Wild Stadium.

“It was a tough match,” said 16th-ranked Alcaraz, who reached the quarter-finals of the US Open last September and lost to Spaniard Rafael Nadal in the Indian Wells semifinals.

“I have a lot of respect for him but that was the best environment for me to play.”

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