Nets Inch Up in East Playoff Race With Win Against Bucks

Joe Harris hit the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1 minutes 24 seconds remaining as the visiting Nets enhanced their playoff chances with a 133-128 victory on Saturday against the league-leading Milwaukee Bucks.

The big shot by Harris helped the Nets (40-40) move into sixth place in the Eastern Conference. Though they have the same record as the Orlando Magic, the Nets own the head-to-head tiebreaker.

The Nets also moved a half-game ahead of the eighth-place Detroit Pistons, against whom the Nets also own the head-to-head tiebreaker. The Nets also are one and a half games ahead of the ninth-place Miami Heat, who will visit Barclays Center in the regular-season finale on Wednesday. The Nets will play at Indiana on Sunday.

Harris was among eight players in double figures for the Nets, and his final points snapped a 128-128 tie.

With 1:28 left, D’Angelo Russell missed an off-balance jumper in the lane, but Jared Dudley grabbed the rebound and tapped it out to Caris LeVert at the top of the key. LeVert quickly passed to Harris, who released a uncontested 3-pointer from the right wing.

Milwaukee’s Sterling Brown missed two free throws with 1:15 left, and Dudley seized the rebound of the second. With 59.1 seconds remaining, Russell made a crafty move to get around the former Nets center Brook Lopez and pushed the lead to 133-128 by hitting a layup.

Russell led the Nets with 25 points and handed out 10 assists, and LeVert added 24 points.

The Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo missed his second game this week. Before the game, Milwaukee Coach Mike Budenholzer said that Antetokounmpo was dealing with some soreness in his left calf.

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