In a game that featured none of the Milwaukee Bucks’ marquee three, the Atlanta Hawks can head home with their heads held high knowing they took Milwaukee’s backups down to the wire for an OT win. Okay, sorry I’m a bit salty...The Bucks got off to a rousing start in the first quarter, splashing threes aplenty against Atlanta’s defense to stake a 43-26 advantage. Atlanta started poking holes in the Bucks 2-3 zone after that, managing to make it 71-68 at halftime. The third quarter featured further back-and-forth from the Bucks SuperSub starting lineup and the Hawks’ squad, heading into the final period with Atlanta up, 98-97. Alex Len nailed a triple near the game’s conclusion to send it into OT, and Trae Young tapped in the winning basket right before the buzzer sounded.
Sterling Brown hit his career-high in points too, with a calm, cool and collected effort that led to 27 points and nine rebounds along with his OT heroics. It was a well-balanced scoring meal for Bud’s squad today, with Tim Frazier getting a chance to head up the offense and responding with 20 points and 15 assists in a full 53 minutes for him. Most importantly, Bonzie Colson got the surprise start and while wildly inefficient, the man shot his shot okay, he went for 15 points and 16 rebounds. The only Bucks player not to score in double digits was Ersan Ilyasova, who had just 7 points.
Trae Young struggled from the field against the Bucks, hitting just 4-18 for 12 points, but nailed two fortunate in-between runners down the OT stretch. John Collins looked like his usual bouncy self, with a couple blocks and nailed deep shots to finish at 23 points and 12 rebounds. Journeyman Justin Anderson went for 24 points and 12 rebounds.
Stat that Stood Out
The insane 116 number of 3-point attempts today between the two teams was staggering, but let’s call attention to the fact the Bucks hit just 2/12 on corner threes, while the Hawks hit 9/15 from the easiest long-ball spot on the court.