Nets Still Control Playoff Destiny Despite Loss to the Bucks

Jack Beats the Clock

Jarrett Jacks drains a 3-pointer to beat the shot clock.

Nets vs. Bucks 4-12-15

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Jack Beats the Clock

Jarrett Jacks drains a 3-pointer to beat the shot clock.
Apr 12, 2015  |  00:21

Plumlee Denies Antetokounmpo

Mason Plumlee comes up with a big block on Giannis Antetokounmpo at the end of the 3rd quarter.
Apr 12, 2015  |  00:14

Williams to Bogdanovic

Deron Williams hits Bojan Bogdanovic with a pretty bounce-pass for bucket and the foul.
Apr 12, 2015  |  00:24

Nets Hustling

Thaddeus Young hustles for the loose ball and finishes on the other end off the pass from Deron WIlliams.
Apr 12, 2015  |  00:39

Off the Glass

Jarrett Jack drives down the baseline for the running bank shot.
Apr 12, 2015  |  00:12

 

The Brooklyn Nets’ quest to clinch a third straight playoff appearance will have to wait at least another day.

The Nets dropped a 96-73 decision to the Bucks in Milwaukee. The defeat, combined with the Celtics win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, drops the Nets (37-43) into the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, a full game behind the Celtics (38-42).

The race got even tighter with the Indiana Pacers win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Pacers (37-43) have identical records but Brooklyn owns the tiebreaker over Indiana.

The Nets host the Chicago Bulls Monday night in Barclays Center. The Pacers host the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night.

The Nets final game of the season is Wednesday night against the Orlando Magic in the basketball cathedral on the corner of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues. The playoff berth could be decided that night.

If the Nets win both of their remaining games, they’re in the playoffs for a third straight year, regardless of what the Pacers do. Any combination of a Nets win and a Pacers loss, two Nets losses and two Pacers losses, or two Nets wins and two Pacers wins, also clinches the berth for Brooklyn.

"We have two games we must win,’’ swingman Joe Johnson told reporters in Milwaukee after the game. “That's how we got to approach it."

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KEY STRETCH: The Nets trailed the Bucks 43-41 at halftime and were poised to take the game to the wire. But Milwaukee outscored the Nets 30-18 in the third quarter.

NETS GAINS: Brook Lopez posted his 17th double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Lopez also moved into fourth place on the Nets career scoring list.

TALK: "We have to forget about this one," forward Thaddeus Young said. "We can't even think about the next two games, we have to focus on this next one against Chicago. It's as simple as that."

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