The Brooklyn Nets pulled off an upset, beating the league-leading Milwaukee Bucks 133-128, to improve to the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

After the game, Nets coach Kenny Atkinson had high praises for Jared Dudley, calling the veteran forward the ‘X-Factor' in their much-needed win.

Dudley finished with 16 points and six rebounds, but his biggest contribution was guarding two of the Bucks' best scorers in Eric Bledsoe and Khris Middleton. Although both players were still able to finish the game with their usual numbers, Dudley made sure to make them work for their points.

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Although the Nets haven't been able to maintain their high level of play as of late, they were still able to earn enough wins to keep their playoff hopes alive. But in order for them to secure a playoff spot, they will have to win at least one or both of their games to make it official.

There is no telling how far the Nets will go into the playoffs. If it started today, they will be on a collision course with the third-seeded Philadelphia 76ers. A first-round exit seems likely, but whatever happens, this season has been a major improvement compared to the last one.

Dudley has been through several playoff series throughout his career, and the Nets will definitely need his experience since they are currently being led by a young but talented set of players.