MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 25 points, Jrue
Holiday added 22 and the Milwaukee Bucks blew out the Atlanta Hawks
125-91 on Friday night to even the Eastern Conference finals at a
The Bucks never trailed, scored 20 straight points late in the
second quarter and led by at least 30 throughout the second half.
Both teams rested their starters for the entire fourth quarter.
Atlanta’s Trae Young struggled for much of the night after
finishing with 48 points and 11 assists in
the Hawks’ 116-113 Game 1 victory. Young scored 15 points but
matched a career worst with nine turnovers before leaving the game
for good with 3:48 remaining in the third quarter.
This marks the third straight series in which the Hawks lost
Game 2 after winning Game 1 on the road. Those Game 2 losses have
been decided by a total of 59 points.
The series shifts to Atlanta for Game 3 on Sunday.
Brook Lopez scored 16 points for the Bucks, while Khris
Middleton had 15 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.
Antetokounmpo had nine rebounds and six assists.
Danilo Gallinari had 12 points and John Collins added 11 for the
Milwaukee was intent on making life difficult for Young two
nights after the Bucks blew a seven-point lead in the final four
minutes of Game 1. Young’s Game 1 performance had made him the
first player ever with at least 45 points and 10 assists in a
conference finals game.
Young committed eight turnovers in the first half alone. He shot
6 of 16 overall and 1 of 8 from 3-point range.
Milwaukee pulled ahead in the opening minutes as Antetokounmpo
continually got to the rim for easy baskets. The Bucks already
owned a double-digit lead before going on a 20-0 run late in the
second quarter to break open the game.
Holiday scored nine points in the spurt and capped the run with
a 3-pointer and layup. Lopez added seven points during that
The Bucks led 77-45 after a first half in which they shot 64.6%
and capitalized on 13 Hawks turnovers, including eight from
Hawks: Cam Reddish entered the game with 4:56 left in the second
quarter, his first game action since Feb. 21 due to an Achilles
tendon injury. … Young had at least 20 points and seven assists in
each of the Hawks' 13 playoff games before Friday. He's the first
player ever to have at least 20 points and seven assists in each of
his first 13 career playoff games. ... Reserve forward Nathan
Knight went to the locker room midway through the fourth quarter.
Knight had landed on his back after blocking a shot.
Bucks: The Bucks shot 52.1%, the first time they've shot over
50% in this postseason. ... Antetokounmpo's early exit due to the
lopsided score resulted in the end of his franchise-record string
of six straight games in which he had at least 30 points and 10
rebounds. The last player to collect at least 30 points and 10
rebounds in six straight playoff games was Shaquille O'Neal in
2002. ... The Bucks improved to 12-3 in playoff games at Fiserv