The Milwaukee Bucks have stood toe-to-toe against the NBA’s best in the last two weeks, sweeping all four games against the two teams in front of them in the Eastern Conference.
That may not mean anything in terms of standings and especially when the playoffs roll around, but the late-regular season results are encouraging.
Tuesday night at Fiserv Forum, Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 36 points and 12 rebounds in Milwaukee’s 124-118 win over Brooklyn. The Nets were without James Harden but did get 38 points from Kyrie Irving and 32 from Kevin Durant.
The win shrinks the Bucks’ deficit to three games in the Eastern Conference behind Philadelphia. Brooklyn is 1.5 games out of first place.
Milwaukee (41-24) is next in action Wednesday night at home against Washington (30-35).