Giannis Antetokounmpo holding a football ball: TIME TO TAKE CHARGE Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo tries to get past Brooklyn Nets' Blake Griffin during the first half of Game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball semifinals game Thursday (Friday in Manila) in Milwaukee. AP PHOTO ? Provided by The Manila Times TIME TO TAKE CHARGE Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo tries to get past Brooklyn Nets' Blake Griffin during the first half of Game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball semifinals game Thursday (Friday in Manila) in Milwaukee. AP PHOTO
TIME TO TAKE CHARGE Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo tries to get past Brooklyn Nets' Blake Griffin during the first half of Game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball semifinals game Thursday (Friday in Manila) in Milwaukee. AP PHOTO

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Jrue Holiday figured the Brooklyn Nets expected him to call a timeout as soon as he got the ball with his team trailing by one in the final minute.

Instead, Holiday delivered just in time to keep the Milwaukee Bucks from falling into a hole from which no NBA team has ever recovered.

His driving layup with 11.4 seconds left put the Bucks ahead for good and they held on for an 86-83 victory Thursday (Friday in Manila) that cut Brooklyn's lead to 2-1 in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

"I felt like maybe they thought I was going to call a timeout," Holiday said. "I think in my head, I was thinking maybe I should run some clock. But I saw Bruce Brown one-on-one, so I made a move. It was a good one and I ended up getting a layup."

Kevin Durant's 3-point attempt to tie bounced off the rim as the horn sounded. He scored the Nets' last nine points and finished with 30.

The Bucks will try to even the series Sunday in Milwaukee.

Milwaukee relied on its defense as a game featuring the NBA's two highest-scoring teams from the regular season turned into a 1990s-style defensive slugfest.

Brooklyn had its lowest scoring output of the season. Milwaukee matched its lowest point total of the season from its 125-86 Game 2 loss.

Khris Middleton scored 35 points, and Giannis Antetokounmpo added 33 for the Bucks. Middleton bounced back in a big way after shooting a combined 13 of 43 in the first two games of the series.

a man holding a basketball: TRY AND STOP ME Los Angeles Clippers forward Nicolas Batum (33) defends as Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (left) goes to the basket during the first half of Game 2 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series Thursday (Friday in Manila) in Salt Lake City. AP PHOTO ? Provided by The Manila Times TRY AND STOP ME Los Angeles Clippers forward Nicolas Batum (33) defends as Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (left) goes to the basket during the first half of Game 2 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series Thursday (Friday in Manila) in Salt Lake City. AP PHOTO
TRY AND STOP ME Los Angeles Clippers forward Nicolas Batum (33) defends as Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (left) goes to the basket during the first half of Game 2 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series Thursday (Friday in Manila) in Salt Lake City. AP PHOTO

Jazz 117, Clippers 111

In Salt Lake City, Donovan Mitchell scored 37 points and the Utah Jazz forced nine straight misses down the stretch to outlast the Los Angeles Clippers and take a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference semifinal series.

Mitchell clinched the game with a driving shot with 43 seconds remaining but then appeared to hurt his leg slightly on a foul by Paul George with 10 seconds to play. He made one of two free throws after hobbling to the line.

The guard is the first Jazz player with at least 35 points in back-to-back playoff games since Karl Malone in 1988.

Jordan Clarkson scored 24, including six 3-pointers, while Joe Ingles had 19 points and Rudy Gobert contributed 13 points and a career playoff-high 20 rebounds.

Reggie Jackson led the Clippers with 29 points and George had 27. Kawhi Leonard scored 21 points but managed just two in the fourth quarter.

The series shifts to Los Angeles on Saturday for Game 3.

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