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A stellar performance by forward Kevin Durant's helped Brooklyn Nets beat the Milwaukee Bucks 114-108 on Tuesday and take a 3-2 lead in the best of seven Eastern Conference semifinal.

In the absence of Kyrie Irvin and James Harden returning from injury, Durant rose to the occasion with a triple-double of 49 points, 17 rebounds, 10 assists, while supported by a crucial 27 points by Jeff Green.

For the Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo emerged as the leader of the attack with a double-double of 34 points and 12 rebounds, while Khris Middleton scored 25 points and Jrue Holiday netted another 19.

Game 6 will be played Thursday in Milwaukee, where the Bucks are 4-0 against the Nets this season. EFE