The Bucks have won Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals with Khris Middleton in full flow, especially in the 4th quarter. The Bucks got off to a slow start and were down by as many as 15 points just in the 1st quarter. But they came back strongly and at the end of the 1st half, they were tied 56 each.
It was a see-saw battle in the 3rd quarter before the Bucks came roaring back in the fourth. Middleton was hot in the 4th quarter scoring as many as 20 points of his 38 just in the last 12 minutes of the game.
The Milwaukee Bucks have defeated the Atlanta Hawks in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. They now lead 2 games to 1 in this best of 7 series. Game 4 is on Tuesday evening in Atlanta.
Bucks Sluggish At The Start Of Each Half
The Bucks were in trouble both times at the start of each half. But they turned around strongly both times. A strong Middleton along the stretch clinched it for the home team.
The loss wasn’t the only worry for the Hawks. Trae Young, their star guard sprained the right ankle at the end of the 3rd quarter.
He was clearly in trouble in the 4th quarter even as the Bucks went all out for victory riding on Middleton’s form. He is due for an MRI Monday. He could very well sit out the fourth game.
The Hawks were up 25-10 in the middle of the first half in front of their home crowd. Young was at the top of the heap with 17 points. But Antetokounmpo led a fightback and the score was tied at 56 at halftime.
The second half began just as strongly for the Hawks and they were leading 70-63 following a 3-pointer by Young. They held onto the lead before Young went down injured. He stepped on the referee’s foot and injured his ankle.
The Bucks began their fight back with the game at 73-88 in the Hawks’ favor. Middleton shifted into top gear and it was all over for the Hawks. The guard finished with 38 points including 7 assists and 11 rebounds.