Nets vs. Bucks live score, updates, highlights from 2021 NBA Opening Night game



The 2021-22 NBA season is upon us with an Opening Night doubleheader that you will not want to miss.

The slate tips off with the reigning NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks hosting this year’s title favorite Brooklyn Nets. In a rematch of a legendary seven-game series in last year’s Eastern Conference Semifinals, Kevin Durant and James Harden will look to get revenge against Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday.

Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from Nets vs. Bucks on Tuesday night. Follow below for complete results from the 2021 NBA Opening Night game.

Nets vs. Bucks score

NBA Opening Night Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
Bucks 37 29 31
Nets 25 34 26

Nets vs. Bucks live updates, highlights from NBA Opening Night

Fourth quarter

-Durant buries a long range triple and it’s 115-101 with 3:45 on the clock. Giannis sat out the last few minutes. You would think he will return to help close this game out for Milwaukee.

-Milwaukee call time and this one feels a couple possessions away from possible being a wrap. Antetokounmpo is up to 32 points, 13 rebounds and six assists as the lead jumps to 112-95 wuth 5:50 to play.

-Nwora continues his nice night off the bench by canning a triple. The second year man has 13 points and five rebounds on 3-for-6 shooting from deep. The Bucks keep answering every call and still lead 106-93 with 8:08 to play.

-Patty Mills is SIZZLING hot right now. He is up to 7-for-7 from long range as the Nets try to stay in the game. Milwaukee lead 101-90 with 9:00 to play.

End of the third – Bucks 97, Nets 85

-Jordan Nwora puts the moves on Claxton and justtttt beats the buzzer with the floater. Milwaukee continue to hold the Nets at bay.

-Antetokounmpo has 25 points and 12 rebounds, Durant has 25 points and eight rebounds.

-Kevin Durant is starting to heat up for Brooklyn. He has 24 points but it’s still Milwaukee holding the 88-77 edge with 2:43 to play in the third.

-With Jrue Holiday out for the night, the Bucks insert two-way guard, Justin Robinson. Milwaukee are also missing Rodney Hood, Bobby Portis, Semi Ojeleye and Donte DiVincenzo.

-Giannis kisses it off the glass with the left hand with a touch of english. Ridicuous.


-Giannis is putting together some sort of game. He has 24 points, 12 rebounds and five assists halfway through the third quarter.

-Bucks lead 81-70 with 6:50 to play. The Nets are sticking close enough to make a run.

-The Bucks score first as Giannis finds Allen for a triple. Bucks 69, Nets 59.

-We are underway in the second half.

Halftime – Bucks 66, Nets 59

-Bad news for the Bucks, with Jrue Holiday ruled out with a heel contusion. The guard appeared to come up sore on a trip to the basket earlier in the second quarter.

-Milwaukee lead 61-48 with 3:13 to play until halftime. 

-Patty Mills continues to fire for Brooklyn. He has 15 points on 5-for-5 shooting from long range. Harden also has 15 for Brooklyn.

-On multiple occassions Brooklyn players have failed to get back on defense, leaving their teammates to play 4-on-5. First it was Claxton and now Harden. Bucks lead 55-37 with 5:40 to play in the first half. Giannis leads all scorers with 15 points, eight rebounds and three assists.

-The Bucks continue to pour it on from long range in the second quarter. They lead 50-37 with 7:30 to play in the second quarter. 

End of the first – Bucks 37, Nets 25

-Patty Mills catches fire for the Nets to keep them within touch after one. Mills has nine points on 3-for-3 shooting from long range.

-It’s all Milwaukee in the first quarter. The Bucks lead 31-15 with 3:13 to play in the first quarter. Giannis already has 13 points, eight rebounds and this HUGE block on Claxton.

-The Bucks are off to a fast start. They lead 15-8 with 7:14 to play and Giannis at the free-throw line. 

-Milwaukee are feasting on the offensive glass early in the game. They have four offensive rebounds and lead 10-6 with 8:29 to play in the first quarter.

-The 2021-22 season is oficially underway as the first shot of the season goes to Grayson Allen. A miss from long range.


Ok, there is actually some basketball to be played now…here are the Bucks starters with Grayson Allen the new face.

The Nets are going big, with Nic Claxton getting the start on opening night.

The 2021 championship banner is up in the rafters!

The Finals MVP gets a huge ovation from the home crowd!

An up close look at Milwaukee’s championship ring!

The party is underway in Milwaukee as the Bucks prepare to collect their championship rings!

Nets vs. Bucks start time today

  • Date: Tuesday, Oct. 19
  • Start time: 7:30 p.m. ET | 4:30 p.m. PT

NBA Opening Night will tip off with the Bucks hosting the Nets at 7:30 p.m. ET.

How to watch NBA Opening Night

  • TV Channel: TNT
  • Live stream: TNT app

Bucks vs. Nets will be broadcasted live on TNT. You can live stream the game from the TNT app after you enter your TV provider.

Bucks schedule 2021-22

(All times Eastern)

Date Game Time National TV
Oct. 19 vs. Nets 7:30 p.m. TNT
Oct. 21 at Heat 8 p.m.
Oct. 23 at Spurs 8:30 p.m.
Oct. 25 at Pacers 7 p.m.
Oct. 27 vs. Timberwolves 8 p.m.
Oct. 30 vs. Spurs 8 p.m.
Oct. 31 vs. Jazz 7 p.m. NBA TV
Nov. 2 at Pistons 7 p.m.
Nov. 5 vs. Knicks 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Nov. 7 at Wizards 6 p.m.

Nets schedule 2021-22

Date Game Time National TV
Oct. 19 at Bucks 7:30 p.m. TNT
Oct. 21 at 76ers 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Oct. 24 vs. Hornets 4 p.m.
Oct. 25 vs. Wizards 7:30 p.m. NBA TV
Oct. 27 vs. Heat 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 29 vs. Pacers 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 31 vs. Pistons 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 3 vs. Hawks 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Nov. 5 at Pistons 7 p.m.
Nov. 7 at Raptors 3:30 p.m.

(All times Eastern)


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