5 reasons why the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Atlanta Hawks 118-107 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals | NBA Playoffs 2021

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The Milwaukee Bucks secured an NBA Finals ticket for the first time since 1974 after registering a 118-107 Game 6 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday.

Nate McMillan slotted Trae Young into the starting lineup even though he hasn’t fully recovered from his ankle sprain. However, the 22-year-old was very passive as he failed to impact the game for the Hawks.

The Milwaukee Bucks were careless in possession in the first half despite being the better team. Their two key players, Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday, each had five turnovers.

Cam Reddish did all he could to rally the Atlanta Hawks to a comeback, going 6 of 7 from the three-point range in the second half. However, the Milwaukee Bucks continued to drop three-point bombs.

The Atlanta Hawks deserve the highest praise for how far they have come in the 2021 NBA playoffs. Injuries played a crucial role in the outcome of this series, leaving everyone thinking about what could have been if both teams were fully healthy.


Here are five reasons why the Milwaukee Bucks won Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.


#1 The Milwaukee Bucks heated up in the third quarter

Cam Reddish #22 of the Atlanta Hawks defends Khris Middleton #22 of the Milwaukee Bucks

It was a close game in the first half as the Atlanta Hawks were behind by only 4 points. However, the Milwaukee Bucks came out of the locker room with renewed urgency.

Middleton led the charge for the Bucks, scoring 23 of the team’s 44 points with a 16-0 run to start the third quarter.

Holiday followed suit with 11 points to give the Milwaukee Bucks an 18-point lead against the Atlanta Hawks with 12 minutes remaining in the game.

Despite a dip in energy in the fourth quarter, the Milwaukee Bucks were able to comfortably finish the game.

Holiday had 27 points, nine assists, and nine rebounds, while Middleton finished with 32 points, seven assists, and four rebounds.

2 Against the tough Milwaukee Bucks defense, the Atlanta Hawks were slow to establish their attacking stride.

The Atlanta Hawks’ John Collins #20 reacts to the Milwaukee Bucks’ P.J. Tucker #17.

The Atlanta Hawks’ John Collins #20 reacts to the Milwaukee Bucks’ P.J. Tucker #17.

From the start, the Atlanta Hawks struggled.

John Collins #20 of the Atlanta Hawks reacts against P.J. Tucker #17 of the Milwaukee Bucks
John Collins #20 of the Atlanta Hawks reacts against P.J. Tucker #17 of the Milwaukee Bucks

The Atlanta Hawks struggled on the offensive end, as their shots simply did not fall. The Milwaukee Bucks got off to a fast start, but the Atlanta Hawks were hesitant to reply.

The Milwaukee Bucks’ defense wasn’t as overpowering as it had been in Game 5, but it did the job against an Atlanta Hawks team that didn’t seem to care about the game.

Due to Reddish’s heroics in the third quarter, the Atlanta Hawks were able to get things moving. The Hawks, on the other hand, had dug themselves a hole too deep to get out of.




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