Milwaukee opened the contest with a narrow 3-point lead following the first quarter. It wasn’t a barnburner of a second quarter either, but the Bucks still entered halftime up 51-43 behind 15 points from Jrue Holiday. The third quarter turned into a free throw-fest on both sides, but the Bucks were able to maintain their halftime advantage and led 78-70 heading into the final period. Suddenly, the Hawks shooting from deep came alive and they flipped the switch in the late stages of the game. The Bucks couldn’t capitalize on any scoring chances and their defensive execution left plenty to be desired as the Hawks pulled away late behind a bevy of 3-point makes. Bogdan laying it on thick to close the game was just salt in the wound.
Stat That Stood Out
It was horrific shooting for both teams for most of the game, but Milwaukee shooting just 28.6% from deep (8-28), while the Hawks pulled away with shots behind the arc (including a 4-5 4th quarter from Bogdan Bogdanovic alone) was incredibly frustrating to watch. The number of easy looks Atlanta got in the closing minutes was upsetting.