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The Milwaukee Bucks looked different on Sunday. That is to say, they actually looked like the Milwaukee Bucks. For the first time in their second-round playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets, their offense had some pop to it. 

Giannis Antetokounmpo's stat line (34 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, 14-for-26 shooting) was similar to his lines in Games 1 and 3, but this time the Bucks outscored Brooklyn by 29 points in his 38 minutes. Khris Middleton (19 points, eight assists) and Jrue Holiday (14 points, nine assists) were not flawless, but they played with purpose. 

There were far fewer stagnant isolations and post-ups in the halfcourt. Milwaukee got good looks out of pick-and-rolls with Antetokounmpo as the screener, sometimes in random situations and on the side rather than as the first action and in the middle of the floor:

There were some improvisational passes, cuts and dribble-handoffs: 

Even the misses looked better: 

All of the plays above have one thing in common: Kyrie Irving is on the court. Yes, the biggest story coming out of the Bucks' 107-96 victory is that, for the second time in four games, the Nets finished with one less operational All-Star than they had at tip-off. And yes, Irving's early exit had something to do with the result, and with Brooklyn's decision to throw in the towel when almost five minutes remained in the fourth quarter. But after barely eking out a win in Game 3, overcoming another dull, disjointed offensive performance, Milwaukee finally had some fun. This started well before Irving turned his ankle in the second quarter. 

Overshadowed by Kyrie Irvings ankle injury, the Bucks offense has joined the party

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Overshadowed by Kyrie Irvings ankle injury, the Bucks offense has joined the party

Bucks vs. Nets: Milwaukee cannot afford to waste opportunity created by injuries to James Harden, Kyrie Irving

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Bucks vs. Nets: Milwaukee cannot afford to waste opportunity created by injuries to James Harden, Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving injures ankle as Bucks top Nets, even series at 2-2

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Kyrie Irving injures ankle as Bucks top Nets, even series at 2-2

Brooklyn Nets Kyrie Irving out of Game 4 against Milwaukee Bucks after ankle sprain

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Brooklyn Nets Kyrie Irving out of Game 4 against Milwaukee Bucks after ankle sprain