NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Atlanta 28 17 18 28 91
Milwaukee 34 43 26 22 125
5:30 PM PT6:30 PM MT7:30 PM CT8:30 PM ET0:30 GMT8:30 5:30 PM MST7:30 PM EST4:30 UAE (+1)01:3020:30 ET6:30 PM CT23:30 , June 25, 2021
Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin  Attendance: 16,422

Trae Young, Hawks try to take 2-0 series lead vs. Bucks

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Atlanta Hawks at Milwaukee Bucks

  1. After losing 12 of its previous 13 games versus Milwaukee, Atlanta has now won back-to-back games against the Bucks: April 25, 2021 in Atlanta (111-104) and Game 1 in Milwaukee (116-113). Over the last 15 games, the Hawks' only other win versus the Bucks was a 136-135 OT victory in Atlanta on March 31, 2019.
  2. The Hawks are the fourth team to ever win three or more road Game 1s in a single postseason, joining the 1981 Rockets (lost in Finals vs. Boston), 1989 Bulls (lost in Eastern Finals vs. Detroit) and 1999 Knicks (lost in Finals vs. San Antonio). Atlanta has won the three Game 1s by two (at Knicks), four (at 76ers) and three (at Bucks) points.
  3. The 116-113 loss to the Hawks in Game 1 was Milwaukee's first home loss in over two months (won 13 straight, previous home loss was April 19 versus Phoenix in OT, 128-127). Dating back to the 2019 Eastern Conference Semifinals, this is the fifth time the Bucks have dropped a Game 1. Milwaukee has won three of the previous four such series.
  4. With a 48-point, 11-assist game in Game 1 of this series, Trae Young is now averaging 38.3 points, 10.3 assists and 5.3 rebounds in three Game 1s this postseason. He has had at least 30 points and 10 assists in all three games.
  5. In Game 1, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday became the first pair of teammates to each attempt 25+ field goals and make at least half of them in a playoff game since Kyrie Irving (16-for-29) and LeBron James (15-for-27) did it for Cleveland in Game 3 of the 2017 NBA Finals versus Golden State. Cleveland, like Milwaukee, lost the game, 118-113.
  6. The Bucks had 70 points in the paint in Game 1 and lost, which has been a theme in these 2021 playoffs. There have been two other games this postseason in which a team scored 70+ points in the paint, and both of those teams lost as well: Washington in Game 1 of the First Round at Philadelphia (76 points in paint, lost 125-118) and Milwaukee in Game 1 of the Conference Semifinals at Brooklyn (72 points in paint, lost 115-107).
(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Trae Young isn't just making himself comfortable on the road. He's raided the refrigerator, put on slippers and plopped himself on the couch with a cool beverage in his hand.

After putting forth memorable playoff performances in both New York and Philadelphia, Young looks to carry the momentum of his 48-point effort in the Eastern Conference finals opener into Game 2 against the host Milwaukee Bucks on Friday.

Young notably quieted the crowd at Madison Square Garden and flustered the faithful at Wells Fargo Center before his shoulder shimmy went viral in the Hawks' 116-113 win at Fiserv Forum on Wednesday. The 22-year-old memorably crossed up Jrue Holiday so badly in the third quarter that Young had time to add a little flair before casually draining a 3-pointer.

"If he shimmy, shimmy your little heart out," John Collins said of Young on Thursday. "In the fourth quarter, he knows what time it is. ... This is his stage; he's been ready for this and he's been waiting for this."

Young's point total was just two shy of the Hawks' franchise record for a playoff game, set by Bob Pettit in 1958 and matched by fellow Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins in 1986.

Young has benefited from double screens and high pick-and-rolls to score at least 30 points in six road playoff games this spring. Fifth-seeded Atlanta has won the opener of all three of its best-of-seven series on the road and sports a 6-2 record away from home in the playoffs.

Collins collected 23 points and 15 rebounds on Wednesday and Clint Capela had 12 and 19, respectively, for Atlanta.

Bogdan Bogdanovic was limited by a sore knee, however. He finished with four points on 1-of-6 shooting from the floor.

"I feel amazing, especially after the win last night," Bogdanovic said Thursday, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "... It is what it is. I don't want to just talk about the knee and stuff. I feel like I did my job as far as I can."

While the Hawks appeared comfortable in the opener, the third-seeded Bucks were put on edge while sustaining their first home loss of the postseason. Milwaukee will now be tasked with looking to avert a 2-0 deficit for the second straight series.

Two-time NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded 34 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists in the opener and Holiday added 33 points and 10 assists. The two combined to make 28 of 50 shot attempts, but the rest of the Bucks were just 19 for 52 from the floor.

"There was some good stuff particularly from Jrue and Giannis, two-man game," Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer said. "We need everybody to participate, and I think everybody will just continue to get better going into the second game."

Khris Middleton misfired on 17 of 23 attempts from the floor and all nine tries from 3-point range on Wednesday. The Bucks made just 8 of 36 attempts from 3-point range.

Holiday made his fifth 3-pointer to give Milwaukee a 105-98 lead with 4:18 to play before Atlanta rallied to victory.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 25, 2021

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