The Bucks were the first team to secure their postseason berth on March 1, and they wrapped up the Central Division title 20 days later.Should they beat the 76ers on Thursday, the Bucks will be guaranteed to go into the playoffs with the best record in the NBA, and that is something Antetokounmpo — who contributed 28 points against the Nets — was not expecting at the start of the campaign.”I thought we were going to be a really good team, but to be honest with you I didn’t think we would have the best record in the NBA,” the MVP contender said following his return from an ankle issue. “We know how important it [the best record] is, but we’re just trying to get better.”Obviously we won the game but we didn’t play the best basketball we could play. Against Philly we’re just going to try and be better and hopefully we can clinch the first spot in the NBA.” Giannis Antetokounmpo admits the Bucks’ sensational season has caught him by surprise.Monday’s 131-121 victory over the Nets at Barclays Center left Milwaukee with a 58-20 record and one win away from securing home-court advantage in the playoffs. WE GO HARDER!! #FearTheDeer pic.twitter.com/6JaaE8By6C— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) April 2, 2019Defeat left the Nets scrambling for a playoff place, although they were fortunate to see all their rivals for the final three places also lose.The Pistons, Heat, Magic and Hornets are all vying for the playoffs in the East, but suffered losses.
After an opening-round 71, Jordan Spieth was 3 under through 12 holes and in a tie for 29th when play was suspended.Luke Donald, a five-time runner-up at the tournament, was at 1 under and even through 14 in his second round.Defending champion Satoshi Kodaira and Xander Schauffele were also at 1 under, having fired a 68 and 70 respectively.Don’t turn around @XSchauffele. pic.twitter.com/OQfHytsw1R— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 19, 2019 The world No. 1 is at 7 under and tied for third with Emiliano Grillo (67), with the duo sitting two shots behind Lowry.Lowry was 3 under through 16 holes — and 9 under for the tournament — when play was suspended, with rain having led to a delay of almost four hours earlier in the day.DJ can draw [email protected] moves his ball right to left to grab a share of the lead.#QuickHits pic.twitter.com/oz9nH6BQnh— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 19, 2019The Irishman is a shot clear of Trey Mullinax, who fired a 3-under 68 in his second round in South Carolina.Just a stroke behind Johnson and Grillo are Rory Sabbatini (69) and C.T. Pan, who produced the best round of the day with a 6-under 65. Dustin Johnson continued his good start at the RBC Heritage as Shane Lowry retained his one-stroke lead when darkness suspended the second round.Johnson, who already has two wins this year and is coming off a runner-up finish at the Masters, carded a 4-under 67 in the second round.