Giannis Antetokounmpo inspired the Milwaukee Bucks to a 2-1 lead after being a game down against Orlando Magic. Watch NBA playoffs live.
Reigning league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo led from the front with 35 points and 11 rebounds in the Milwaukee Bucks’ comfortable 121-107 victory over Orlando Magic in Game 3 of basketball’s NBA playoffs.
The top-seeds from the Eastern Conference have now taken a 2-1 lead in the first-round series and will look to wrap it up in the next two games. The live streaming of this series will be available in India.
The Milwaukee Bucks had fallen in the first game of the NBA playoffs series against Orlando Magic but have been dominant in the subsequent games.
‘Greek Freak’ Antetokounmpo, the favourite to retain the league MVP, scored his first eight shots in Game 3 and even inspired a return to form for his All-Star team-mate Khris Middleton, who finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
Orlando Magic, meanwhile, will hope that Nikola Vucevic is in form to level the series. Vucevic, who made the All-Star team for the first time in 2019, had inspired Magic to victory in Game 1 against the Bucks and has upstaged Antetokounmpo’s points tally in two of the three games so far.
Western Conference top-seeds Los Angeles Lakers took the lead for the first time against the Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA playoffs series after a 116-108 victory in Game 3.
The Lakers and Blazers will go head-to-head again in Game 4 and the latter will rely on Damian Lillard to get them back. Lillard managed 34 points despite playing with a dislocated index finger.
Meanwhile, the Houston Rockets saw their lead cut in half as the Oklahoma City Thunder forced over-time and eventually won 119-107 in Game 3 of the NBA playoff series and came back into it at 2-1.
It was a team effort from Thunder, but the star of the show was Chris Paul, who scored 26 points and six rebounds, to upstage James Harden’s game-high haul of 38 points.
Game 5 of the playoff series between the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday is expected to be the deciding game.
*Only select matches will be broadcast in India.
Utah Jazz vs Denver Nuggets, 4 am IST
Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Clippers, 6.30 AM IST
Miami Heat vs Indiana Pacers, 11 PM IST
Orlando Magic vs Milwaukee Bucks, 1.30 AM IST
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Houston Rockets, 4 AM IST
Portland Trail Blazers vs Los Angeles Lakers 6:30 AM IST
Select matches of the NBA playoffs are broadcast live in India on the Sony SIX and Sony SIX HD TV channels.
Live streaming of the NBA playoffs in India, including Orlando Magic vs Milwaukee Bucks, is available on the SonyLiv platform.
The NBA can also be watched on the official website with the subscription-based NBA League Pass.