Milwaukee Bucks superstar Khris Middleton made history on Thursday as he helped lead his team to an all-important Game 6 blowout win against the Brooklyn Nets. The swingman did it all for the Bucks in a do-or-die situation to make sure that the franchise stayed in the series as they now head to Brooklyn for a Game 7 after their 104-89 win.
The two-time All-Star came up huge on Thursday with a playoff career-high of 38 points and made sure to fill up the stat sheet. He added 10 rebounds, five assists, five steals while knocking down 11-16 from the field (5-8 from downtown). According to StatMuse, Middleton is the first player in NBA history to get a 30/10/5/5 line with five or more threes in a playoff game.
Khris Middleton historic game tonight.
38 PTS (playoff career-high)
He is the first player in NBA history with 30/10/5/5s and 5+ threes in a playoff game. pic.twitter.com/chjrogHCee
— StatMuse (@statmuse) June 18, 2021
Now that’s impressive.
With their backs against the wall, the Bucks made sure to take full advantage of their home floor and took control of the game from the opening tip. Milwaukee mounted an 11-point lead at the half and kept their foot on the gas and fought back whenever the Nets tried to claw their way back into the game.
This wouldn’t have all been possible if Middleton wasn’t shooting like he was. The 29-year-old was steady the entire game and, together with Giannis Antetokounmpo, proved to be the mightier duo on the court. Middleton and Antetokounmpo combined for the Bucks’ 68 points while Kevin Durant and James Harden only had a combined 48.
Does Khris Middleton have more gas in the tank for another epic performance for Saturday’s Game 7 affair?