Giannis Antetokounmpo tallies 49 as Bucks edge Nets – Reuters

The 49 points were the third-most of his profession and his most since he scored 50 points against the Utah Jazz on Nov. 25, 2019. Milwaukee closed within 2 1/2 video games of the second-place Nets (43-22) and within three video games of the East-leading Philadelphia 76ers (43-21), who defeated San Antonio 113-111 in overtime later on Sunday.Jrue Holiday had 18 points and Bryn Forbes 12 points for the Bucks.Durant connected a season-high with 42 points but missed a set of potential game-tying 3-pointers in the final 30 seconds, including a shot that glanced off the rim simply before the buzzer.DeAndre Jordan finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds, and Kyrie Irving scored 20 points. A jumper by Antetokounmpo tied the rating at 90-90 prior to Holiday missed out on a 3-pointer and Brook Lopez whiffed on a putback just prior to the buzzer.Griffin and Shamet opened the fourth with 3-pointers for the Nets, however Middleton scored 6 straight points to spark the Bucks 11-0 run that consisted of Antetokounmpos consent dunk.Milwaukee two times led by 7 before the Nets pulled within 3 points 3 times.