Giannis Antetokounmpo tallies 49 as Bucks edge Nets – Reuters

The 49 points were the third-most of his career and his most because he scored 50 points against the Utah Jazz on Nov. 25, 2019. Milwaukee closed within 2 1/2 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 pair of prospective game-tying 3-pointers in the last 30 seconds, consisting of a shot that glanced off the rim simply prior to the buzzer.DeAndre Jordan completed with 10 points and 11 rebounds, and Kyrie Irving scored 20 points. A jumper by Antetokounmpo tied the score at 90-90 prior to Holiday missed a 3-pointer and Brook Lopez whiffed on a putback simply prior to the buzzer.Griffin and Shamet opened the fourth with 3-pointers for the Nets, however Middleton scored six straight points to stimulate the Bucks 11-0 run that included Antetokounmpos consent dunk.Milwaukee twice led by 7 before the Nets pulled within 3 points three times.