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ECF Game Three Rapid Recap: Bucks 113, Hawks 102

Khris Middleton drags the team across the finish line

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NBA: Playoffs-Milwaukee Bucks at Atlanta Hawks Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

It wasn’t pretty, but thanks to the heroics of Khris Middleton down the stretch, the Milwaukee Bucks took Game Three against the Atlanta Hawks, 113-102. Box Score

Milwaukee came out looking sluggish and sloppy on both ends, but bounced back to make it miraculously just a 27-32 deficit after one period. Somehow, despite more defensive miscues and shooting only 3-14 from deep (21.1%), Milwaukee tied it up at 56 by half. The Bucks came out a bit lackadaisical to start the third too as Trae Young got hot before heading to the locker room with an ankle injury. The Bucks trailed 83-85 heading into the fourth. Khris Middleton came up massive in the fourth quarter, leading the Bucks back after the Hawks built up a 95-88 advantage, as K-Midd notched 20 in the final stanza to bring the Bucks across the finish line.

Stat That Stood Out

Khris Middleton’s 38 points tonight tied a career Playoff high, and they couldn’t have come at a better time. He came in struggling through the first two games of the series, but he hit tough shot after tough shot down the stretch, including a series of triples that not only decimated Atlanta’s lead, but built up Milwaukee’s. Oh ya, and he outscored the Hawks on his own in the fourth, 20-17.

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