The Milwaukee Bucks were in real danger of falling 3-0 down in their second-round streak against the Brooklyn Nets, but they found a way to win 86-83 in Thursday’s Game 3 at home.

It would have been absolutely devastating to be pushed to the brink of elimination. To be swept away would almost certainly have cost Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer his job and questioned whether Giannis Antetokounmpo could one day lead Milwaukee to an NBA championship.

But at least for now, Deer skeptics are being held at bay. Considering that the Bucks only shot 37.8% from the field and made 25 of 31 three-point attempts, you have to salute their determination to get that “W” in Wisconsin.

Thanks to a 30-11 first quarter, Milwaukee took a huge lead, then relied on his defensive prowess to force Kevin Durant to get a night’s rest. The hosts gave the Nets their best punch, and it landed.