'This is insane': NBA world explodes over 'ridiculous' Game 7 drama

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Kevin Durant, pictured here hitting a game-tying shot against the Bucks.
The Milwaukee Bucks survived against the Brooklyn Nets after Kevin Durant's game-winning shot was only a game-tying shot. Image: Getty/NBA

The Milwaukee Bucks have advanced to NBA's Eastern Conference finals after a wild Game 7 saw them oust the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday.

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks survived a thrilling over-time battle with the Nets to prevail 115-111 at the Barclays Centre to reach their second Eastern Conference finals in three years.

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The Nets pulled ahead slightly in the first half thanks to a defensive stand where they held Milwaukee scoreless for nearly four minutes in the second quarter.

But that didn’t last long as Brooklyn took a slender six-point lead into the break.

The Bucks came out hot in the third quarter, and opened up a quick 11-0 run to retake the lead again almost instantly. 

Antetokoumpo put up 16 points in the quarter - the most points he’s scored in a single quarter throughout the entire postseason. 

Despite his hot hand, though, the Bucks only took a one-point lead into the fourth.

The Bucks had a chance to make it a two possession game with less than 10 seconds left, but the Nets forced a shot clock violation out of an inbounds play to reclaim the ball down two points with just six seconds left.

Kevin Durant, pictured here hitting the game-tying shot to send Game 7 into overtime.
Kevin Durant hit the game-tying shot to send Game 7 into overtime. (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

Kevin Durant denied game-winning shot by a toenail

That’s when Kevin Durant showed up to temporarily save the Nets’ season.

Durant, after catching a long inbounds pass, drilled what looked like a wild contested 3-pointer with less than two seconds left, seemingly putting them up by a single point. 

A review, however, showed that Durant’s toes were barely on the line - which changed the bucket back and ended up sending the game into over-time.

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Both teams went cold for several minutes at the start of over-time until Antetokounmpo made a layup to tie things up with just more than a minute left, and then Khris Middleton matched him with a mid-range jumper of his own to give them a two-point lead with just 40 seconds on the clock.

Durant had a shot to put the Nets back up in the final seconds, but he missed the rim entirely - which then sealed the four-point win for the Bucks.

Antetokounmpo finished with 40 points and 13 rebounds on the night while playing 50 minutes and shooting 15-of-24 from the field. 

Middleton added 23 points and 10 rebounds.

Durant dropped 48 points for the Nets, the most scored by any player in a Game 7 in NBA history, and played in all 53 minutes. 

He nearly had a triple-double, adding nine rebounds and six assists. James Harden put up 22 points with nine rebounds and nine assists in 53 minutes, too.

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The Nets will advance to take on either the Philadelphia 76ers or Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference finals. 

The 76ers-Hawks series will play their Game 7 on Sunday (local time).

Ryan Young - Yahoo Sports US

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