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Rapid Recap: Bucks 135, Hawks 127

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Giannis flipped a switch and it was done

NBA: Milwaukee Bucks at Atlanta Hawks Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

The beauty of most Milwaukee Bucks games is that moment when Giannis Antetokounmpo decides to take over, and he did just that after a rough first quarter, leading the team to a 135-127 win over the Atlanta Hawks. It started out with a close enough first half with the Hawks narrowly leading 61-58. Milwaukee outscored the Hawks by 16 in the third, but Atlanta took advantage of the Bucks scrub squad to make it look closer than the final score would indicate.

Giannis Antetokounmpo was the clear leader for Milwaukee, with 33 points and 11 rebounds on 12-17 shooting. Eric Bledsoe started just 2-9 from the field, but finished 8-17 for 28 points, mostly on the back of a 9-11 performance from the line.

Trae Young struggled to only 8-22 from the field, although he still posted 25 points and eight assists. De’Andre Hunter has himself a night with 27 points on only 12 shots to go along with 11 rebounds. Former Buck Jabari Parker had 14 points on a 6/11 game.

Stat That Stood Out

44 fourth quarter points wouldn’t usually be a notable stat to call out, but it seems worthwhile to note given the final score. The Hawks feasted late in the fourth quarter with some garbage time points, but this clearly wasn’t as narrow as the final score indicated.