Bucks 113 vs 102 Hawks: scores, summary, stats, highlights | NBA Playoff
The Milwaukee Bucks won Game 3 in Atlanta to take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals. Khris Middleton tied a career playoff high with a spectacular fourth quarter to give the Bucks the 113-102 win over the Hawks at State Farm Arena.
Trae Young was on fire out of the gate after being contained in Game 2 in Wisconsin. He scored just 16 points in the previous game, but responded in Atlanta with 14 points in the opening quarter while the Hawks sprung out to a 15-2 lead in the opening minutes as Milwaukee started 1-6 from the field.
Bucks overcome a slow start to Game 3
Down by as many as 15 in the first quarter, and with Giannis Antetokounmpo with two early fouls in the first few minutes the Bucks had to battle back before the half-time break to draw level with the final basket of the second quarter.
John Collins picked up his fourth foul early in the third quarter, after going to the bench the Bucks quickly took their first lead and the tides started to turn in Game 3. To add insult to injury, Trae Young stepped on one of the referee’s foot on the sideline and twisted his ankle. He went to the locker room briefly, and when he came back to action it was evident the ankle was bothering him.
Giannis was getting to the basket whenever and however he wanted in the first three quarters. He started the game 1/5 from the field, but began to put his head down and get to the rack, which allowed the Bucks to take the lead briefly in the third.
Middleton's 4th quarter to remember
Khris Middleton took the reins and rallied Milwaukee to victory in the fourth quarter. Middleton outscored the entire Hawks team 20-17 in the fourth quarter to tie a career playoff high 38 points, along with 11 rebounds and four assists. Middleton had scored just 30 points through the first two games of the series, but exploded in Game 3.
Giannis followed up Middleton’s heroic performance with 33 points, and 11 rebounds, and Bobby Portis had 15 off the bench.
Young stuggles after spraining ankle
Young had a fantastic two and a half quarters, but the sprained ankle left him visibly affected, scoring just three points in the final quarter. Young finished with 35, but the offense stuttered as Young struggled to shake off the injury.
The Hawks will keep a watchful eye on Young’s ankle in the lead up to Game 4. The Bucks have a chance to take a commanding lead in the series, but will need another road win on Tuesday at 8:30 pm ET.
Middleton took over in the fourth to lead the Bucks to victory.
It's all over from Atlanta! The Bucks take the road win to take the 2-1 series lead.
Holiday at the line, gets one of two to go.
Middleton with the step back jumper, and he's got 20 points in the fourth quarter
Collins gets the lay up off the feed from Bogdanovic
Giannis to the line, hits one of two.
Giannis on the fall away jumper
Under 2 to go in the fourth quarter.
Middleton out of the timeout with a long pull up two pointer.
Timeout Hawks with 3:21 to go in the fouth.
MIddleton on the drive gets the running hook to go.
Collins on the second chance points, gets the basket to go.
Giannis with the fader over Galiinari. He's got 30
14 points for Middleton in the fourth quarter. Timeout Hawks with 5:05 to go in the fourth.
Middleton is on fire in theh fourth quarter! He hits the three from the top of the key
Middleton again, this time from the corner for a deep two.
Williams with a three ball to answer back
8-0 run for the Bucks
MIddleton with another three ball! Bucks lead by one.
Connaughton with the lay up in transition
Middleton from downtown from the right side
Okongwu gets the roll on the floater from the lane.
Timout Bucks with 9:25 to go in the fourth quarter.
Okongwu on the alley oop slam off the lob by Williams.
Huerter on the baseline floater.
Portis with the slam off the Atlanta TO.
Gallinari on the post up outside the lane, drops the mid range jumper
Williams to the line, hits two of two.
Middleton starts the fourth quarter with a three ball, giving the Bucks the lead, he's got 21.
The third quarter comes to a close with the Hawks leading by 2
Giannis goes to the line after the fould by Capela, and hits one of two.
Young is going to the locker room after twisting his ankle after stepping on the refs foot.
Timeout with under 30 seconds to go in the third quarter.
47 seconds to go in the third quarter
Gallinari from the top of the key
Middleton fouls Young on the three point shot, hits two of three.
Portis down low, give the Bucks their first lead of the night with 2:20 to go in the third.
Giannis going from left to right down the lane and gets the lay up to go.
Giannis drops a three ball from the left side.
Young to the line, gets two of two
Portis drills a three, just the sixth three for the Bucks tonight.
Gallinari goes to the line and hits two of two out of the timeout break.
Gallinari fouled by Lopez on the drive, timeout from Atlanta with the Italian at the line after the break, under 4 to go in the third.
Giannis going to the rim again
Huerter spots up with a deep three, he's got 9
Lopez on the one handed jam out of the timeout. He's got 10 points.
Timeout in Atlanta with 6:40 to go in the third quarter.
Middleton on gets the lay up on the drive
Young on the drive gets it off the glass and the foul, FT is good.
Middleton drops the three ball, and the baskets are starting to fall.
Young responds with another three. He's got a quick 8 points in the second half.
Holiday with a three, it was intended to be a lob for Giannis but it drops
Gallinari driving down the lane, he's got double digits
Giannis again finishing at the rim.
Young left alone in the corner for three
Young with another floater. He's got 19
Giannis using the glass on the floater down the lane.
Capela down low off the feed from Huerter
Collins picksup his fourth foul. Bad news for Atlanta
Collins on the post up gets the opening bucket to go in the second half
Young leads all scorers with 17 points through two quarters. Giannis has 16 points and 7 rebounds.
The Hawks were up by as many as 15 in the first half, but the Bucks draw level with the last basket of the first half.
The first half comes to a close and we are all square in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Connaughton ties the game with a deep three in the corner
Under a minute to go in the half.
Portis with a turnaround jump hook outside the lane.
Middleton to the line, hits two of two.
Timeout Hawks with 2:20 to go in the first half.
Middleton gets the three ball to go. That's only the Bucks second three pointer in the first half.
Huerter in the corner off the feed from Young
Young with his second three from the half court Hawks logo.
Giannis back to the line, where he airballs the first and barley brushes rim on the second.
Collins gets the mid range jumper from the left side to drop. Timeout Bucks with 3:51 to go in the first half.
Giannis with another jam, he's 5 for is last 5 after a 1/5 start.
Turn around from Gallinari is good
Giannis attacking the rack again
Gallinari on the baseline drive gets to the basket and drops the baby hook.
Under six to go in the first half
Giannis gets the lay up and the foul, FT is good to complete the three point play.
Bodganovic answers back in a flash with a lay up on the other end.
Middleton gets the lay up to go, he's got 8
Collins on the turnaround from outside the lane.
Giannis off the feed from Holiday after the offensive rebound.
Timeout in Atlanta with 7:57 to go in the second quarter.
Giannis stretching to the basket on the dunk over Williams.
Holiday to the line, hits one of two.
9 minutes to go in the second quarter.
Williams answers back with a three pointer from the left side.
Forbes quiets the crowd down with a three
Gallinari puts it on the deck and hangs to finish the drive.
Gallinari in the corner for three
Lopez gets the offensive board and draws the foul on the put back. Both FT's good for Lopez.
The Hawks shot 46.2% from three point range the Bucks were 0-5
Young scored 14 points in the first quarter, two less then he had in all of Game 2.
Middleton gets the roll off the rim from the mid range jumper to close out the first quarter. What a game we have on our hands from Atlanta.
Bogdanovic in the corner for three
Portis in transition gets the lay up under the basket
Giannis fouled again, and hits one of two.
Middleton drops it off to Giannis under the basket for the easy dunk.
Young with a foot on the line hits the shot with Portis in his face.
Giannis fouled, goes to the line and hits two of two.
Giannis checks back into the game after picking up a quick two fouls.
Lopez soaring down the lane for the dunk
Young gets one of his patented floaters. He's got 12.
Portis gets the runner off the feed from Middleton.
Middleton drops the floater down the lane out of the timeout.
Timeout from Atlanta. Let's all take a second to take a breathe after a ferocious start to this Game 3, 4:06 to go in the first quarter.
MIddleton gets his first points of the night with a lay up at the iron.
Yound drops another long range effort
Portis down the paint gets a lay up to go.
Capela has a quick 6 points after a lay up off a Bogdanovic feed.
Bogdanovic with a long range effort and the Hawks are on fire out of the gate!
Holiday with a jam off the Middleton assist.
Lopez gets the alley oop of the lob from Middleton
Young on another floater from 12 feet.
Lopez on a turnaround down low.
Collins with a three ball from the near side.
Young with a floater from the baseline.
Young hits a three from the Hawks logo at half court.
Holiday stops the Hawks run, with a lay up out of the timeout.
Huerter with a three from the top of the key. Timeout Bucks after 7-0 to start the game.
Capela with another jam in tranisition.
Capela gets the scoring going with a big dunk down the load.
We are underway from Atlanta in Game 4 of Eastern Conference Finals.
Atlanta is 3-2 at home during the playoffs. Milwaukee is 3-3 on the road.
According Bet365.com the Bucks are 4.5 favorites in Game 3 and the Over/Under is set at 224.
Young leads the Hawks with 29.4 points and 9.9 assists per game in 14 games during these playoffs.
PJ Tucker has not so quietly become one of the most important keys to success for the Bucks this post season. He frustrated KD, and will be looking to do the same against Young.
Giannis is averaging 28.9 pts, 13.2 rebound, 5.5 assists in this postseason.
Giannis averaged over 29, 11 and 7 in the two games in Milwaukee.
It was the tale of two Trae's in the first two games in Milwaukee. Young scored 48 points, 11 assists and 7 rebounds in Game 1, but was held to just 16 points on 6 of 16 shooting.
Young and the Hawks had to grind out a narrow win in the final seconds of the fourth quarrer. The Bucks were on cruise control for the final two quarter after jumping out to a 30 plus point lead in the first half
The series is knotted at a game a piece after two very different outcomes in the opening games in Milwaukee.
Hello everyone and welcome to Atlanta for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Hello everyone and welcome to Atlanta for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The series in tied at 1-1 after the Bucks responded to a narrow loss at home with a blowout of the Hawks on Friday. AS English will have live coverage, updates, stats and scores of tonight’s contest between the Atlanta Hawks and the Milwaukee Bucks from the State Farm Arena.
The Hawks took Game 1 on the road for a third consecutive series, but just as they did in the previous two rounds they lost the next game to return home for the third game level at a game a piece.
The Bucks punched back with a wire-to-wire win on Friday night. Milwaukee’s 20-0 second quarter run put the home side in a comfortable position to coast to the 34 point victory. The lead stretched the out to as many as 41 points in the fourth quarter as both teams sat their starters for the final 15 minutes.
The Bucks were the top offensive team in the regular season but they proved yet again that they can buckle down on the defense, allowing just 91 points to Trae Young and the Hawks last game.
Young dominated Game 1, scoring a playoff high 48 points to lead Atlanta to a three point victory in the opener. On Friday the Bucks defense turned up the pressure, allowing Young little passage into the paint. The Hawks rising super star managed just 15 points going just 6 for 16 from the field.
Young put the loss on himself after committing nine turnovers in the Game 2 loss, ''I take complete responsibility for what happened tonight,'' Young said. ''Taking care of the ball is something I've got to be better at. I will be better at it. It's really they just upped their physicality tonight. We've got to do the same.''
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 25 points, and Jrue Holiday added another 22 as both sat for the majority of the second half. Friday’s game gave the Hawks was a reminder just how potent the Bucks offense can be. Giannis and company scored 77 points in the first half before taking their feet off the pedal in the second half.
It’s time for Atlanta’s to try to hold serve on their home court for the next two games. Just three of the Hawks nine wins this season have come at State Farm Arena.
Tonight’s TV coverage of Game 3 from Atlanta starts 8:30 pm ET/ 5:30 PT.