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.
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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