In the Year of Our Lord 2021, when the 3-pointer dominated everything in the NBA, the Bucks proved that you can still win a game the old-fashioned way.
Milwaukee dominated painting.
At both ends of the floor.
And that allowed them to win the NBA Finals.
The Bucks scored 66 points in the paint on 66% inside shots, in addition to grabbing 14 offensive rebounds – making up for another tough night from 3, where they only hit 9 of 29 and missed lots of clean looks. On the other side, Milwaukee had Brook Lopez, who blocked four shots and changed more misses, the Hawks struggled to get in to set up their three.
The Bucks got monster nights from their biggest stars: Khris Middleton had 26 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists; Jrue Holiday 25 points and 13 assists; and Lopez led the way with 33 points.
The Bucks dominated Game 5 from the start, racking up 36 points in the first quarter and leading by 20 points at the start, then held on to win 123-112.
Milwaukee takes a 3-2 lead in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals in Atlanta on Saturday night.
It was a match without Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) and Trae Young (bruise on the foot), both injured. Their status for Game 6 is unknown, although there has been some optimism in the Atlanta camp that Young could return for the must-see Game 6.
Milwaukee has more talent on the list still healthy on the list – they have two Olympians at Middleton and Holiday – and they played up to it in Game 1.
The Bucks started the game with 9 of 14 shots and they recovered offensive rebounds on those five missed shots. Milwaukee scored in his first 13 possessions of the game. The Bucks scored 36 points in the first quarter, including 28 in the paint.
“No defense on the ball. No defense on the ball,” was how Hawks coach Nate McMillan described his team’s start to the game.
On the defensive end early, the Bucks harassed the Hawks’ ball carriers and forced some tough shots late into the clock. As a result, Milwaukee led to 20, although by the end of the first quarter the Hawks reduced the lead to 14.
And that’s how most of the rest of the game went, with the Bucks holding a weak double-digit lead – it went down to eight a few times, it was nine at halftime – and pushing back each. once the Hawks have made a run.
Bobby Portis, who started with Antetokounmpo, was a big part of it, scoring 22, hitting timely buckets and raising the crowd with the best game of his playoff career (which admittedly isn’t that long). ).
Atlanta got 28 points from Bogdan Bogdanovic, who was 7 of 16 of 3, as well as 19 from John Collins and Danilo Gallinari. But that was never enough to close the gap.
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