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The Milwaukee Bucks finally looked like the Milwaukee Bucks in dominating the second half of Game 4 to take a 107-96 win over the Brooklyn Nets and even the Eastern Conference semifinals series at 2-2.
Giannis Antetokounmpo outdueled the Nets' Kevin Durant after Kyrie Irving was ruled out for the remainder of the game with a right ankle sprain.
Without Irving and James Harden, Durant took on the brunt of the work and had 28 points and 13 rebounds in 42 minutes. The Nets emptied the bench with 4:28 to go in the game and trailing by 15 points.
Game 5 is Tuesday in Brooklyn and Game 6 is Thursday in Milwaukee.
Kyrie Irving injures ankle after landing on Giannis' foot
Irving injured his right ankle when he landed on Antetokounmpo's foot after making a bucket midway through the second quarter. Antetokounmpo appeared to be coming in for a rebound opportunity and undercut Irving's landing.
Irving immediately fell to the ground in pain, but was able to walk to the locker room.
ESPN's Rachel Nichols reported after halftime that Irving "was in significant pain" before going to the locker room. After the game, she reported that Irving was in a walking boot with crutches.
I’m told Kyrie was in a walking boot and using crutches after spraining his ankle during today’s Nets-Bucks Game 4. Steve Nash says that x-rays on the ankle were negative and that Kyrie will undergo further testing/evaluation tomorrow.
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) June 13, 2021
Irving had 11 points, five rebounds and two assists before the injury.
Nets coach Steve Nash said after the game that X-rays were negative and that Irving will have more tests done while getting treatment for the ankle sprain.
Nets Coach Steve Nash said that James Harden's hamstring recovery timeline will be handled separately from Kyrie Irving's Game 4 ankle injury: "I think it’s an independent case. I don’t want James to be rushed back."
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) June 13, 2021
Injuries pile up for Nets
The Nets are already without Harden (hamstring) who was injured in the first minute of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals series. Before Sunday's game, Nash said Harden was improving but wasn't ready to go full speed.
Jeff Green also is dealing with a left plantar fascia strain, but played 27 minutes Game 4, scoring eight points with five rebounds.
Steve Nash said Jeff Green wasn't supposed to play today and gave the Nets a heavier workload than they were expecting.
— Alex Schiffer (@Alex__Schiffer) June 13, 2021
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