Atlanta Hawks vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Who won yesterday night’s NBA game, a match recap, and more | June 23rd, 2021


In Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2021 NBA Playoffs, the Atlanta Hawks defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 116-113 on the road.

Coach Nate McMillan’s upstart club seized a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series thanks to a remarkable effort by Trae Young, who scored 48 points and disrupted the Milwaukee Bucks defense all night.

The Atlanta Hawks won the first game of their third consecutive playoff series on Wednesday, and the Milwaukee Bucks are the third club that didn’t appear to know what to expect from them. Giannis Antetokounmpo ruled the paint, scoring 34 points and keeping his team in the game late in the fourth quarter.

However, Young and John Collins, who had 23 points and 15 rebounds, would make important plays down the line for the Atlanta Hawks, giving their side the victory and denying the Milwaukee Bucks home court advantage.

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Brook Lopez #11 defends as Trae Young #11 passes to Clint Capela #15.

The Milwaukee Bucks can’t stop Trae Young but they rule the paint

After Brook Lopez’s 3-pointer got the Milwaukee Bucks underway, both teams went cold from beyond the arc. Early in the game, the Bucks, in particular, would go 1-for-8. The Hawks followed suit, going 0-for-9 in the visitors’ shaky start.

The Atlanta Hawks called a timeout at 6:33, with the Milwaukee Bucks leading 13-10. Young was essentially the only one who could score, accounting for eight of the Hawks’ first ten points. He’d finish the period with 12, a foreshadowing of what was to follow the rest of the way.

But it was the Milwaukee Bucks who led after one quarter, 28-25.

By the second quarter, the Milwaukee Bucks had continued to dominating the shaded area, with 32 of their 38 points coming in the paint. The Bucks attempted 20 shots and netted 17 of them.

Young, on the other hand, kept hot and got his teammates more involved. With 4:06 left before halftime, he scored back-to-back threes before finding an open Kevin Huerter with a behind-the-back pass for another three-pointer to give the Atlanta Hawks a 46-45 lead.

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This would give the Atlanta Hawks their largest lead of the night, 86-78.

The Hawks outscored the Milwaukee Bucks 34-26 in the third quarter to take an 88-85 advantage into the fourth quarter.

After Antetokounmpo joined the game, the Milwaukee Bucks caught up in the fourth quarter.

With less than six minutes remaining, the Greek Freak dunk was set up by a lob pass from Khris Middleton. On their following possession, he hit a short jumper, followed by a fastbreak layup and a foul.

With 4:18 remaining, Antetokounmpo collected the long rebound off his failed free throw and Holiday hit a three-pointer to give the Milwaukee Bucks a seven-point lead, 105-98.

The Atlanta Hawks, on the other hand, responded with a putback slam by Collins and a and-1 by Trae Young to narrow the margin to two points with 3:26 remaining. Following a pair of basket-for-basket exchanges, the Hawks took the lead on a follow-up dunk by Clint Capela, 111-110, with 29.8 seconds remaining in the game.

Young then made four free throws late in the game to seal the victory for the Atlanta Hawks.. Privacy Policy | About Us | Contact |