NBA wrap: Nets secures vital win for playoff position over Bucks

There are only two games remaining in the regular season for Brooklyn, and it is just 1 1/2 games ahead of ninth-seeded Miami.

D'Angelo Russell of Brooklyn Nets starred with 25 points and 10 assists.   -  (Getty Images)

Brooklyn moved up to sixth in the Eastern Conference standings with a 133-128 victory over Milwaukee on Saturday.

Milwaukee took Saturday's game as an opportunity to give Giannis Antetokounmpo some rest as he is recovering from a calf injury and the Nets took full advantage.

D'Angelo Russell led the way with 25 points and 10 assists, but one of the year's best stories Caris LeVert added 24 off the bench. He got the team off to a good start on the season before suffering a scary injury. He was able to recover though and is back for what could be a post-season push.

Russell, though, was the man to close it out with a drive to the bucket with less than a minute to play.

Nets is now tied with the Magic for sixth in the East and has a half-game lead over the Pistons which is eighth.

There are only two games remaining in the regular season for Brooklyn, and it is just 1 1/2 games ahead of ninth-seeded Miami.

Brooklyn and Miami face off in the final game of the year as well so the last day of the season could have a lot of drama on the Heat's home floor.

Studs of the Night

Eric Bledsoe recorded a game-high 33 points and 11 assists for the Bucks.

JaKarr Sampson exploded for a surprising 29 points and eight rebounds in Chicago's 116-96 loss to Philadelphia.

JJ Redick scored a team-high 23 points in the 76ers' win.

Dud of the Night

DeMarre Carroll scored four points on 2-of-8 shooting for the Nets.


Robin Lopez showcased a crafty ball fake to create space for a finish under the rim.

Khris Middleton connected with D.J. Wilson on a behind-the-back pass on the break for a slam.

What's Next?

Heat (38-41) at Raptors (56-24) 12 p.m. ET — Miami is ninth in the Eastern Conference standings. It could position itself to break into the postseason, but will likely have to win out in its remaining games to do so. Raptors has clinched the second seed, so it could ease up over the next week to conserve energy.

Support Sportstar

Dear Reader,

Support our journalism — where text and pictures intermingle so seamlessly — and help us scale up your experience as the world changes around us. Your contribution is vital to our brand of uninfluenced, boots-on-the-ground reportage that’s worth your while. Clickbait sensationalism is not for us, but editorial independence is — we owe it to you.

Read the Free eBook

  Dugout videos