Giannis Antetokounmpo delivered 25 points, nine rebounds and six assists, Jrue Holiday added 22 points and seven assists and Khris Middleton put up 15 points, seven rebounds and eight assists as the Milwaukee Bucks crushed the Atlanta Hawks 125-91 in Game 2 to even the Eastern conference finals at 1-1. Trae Young led the Hawks with 15 points but struggled from the field, going 6-16 in the loss.
The Bucks covered the spread at -7.5. The under hit at 226.5.
The teams were close for much of the first quarter despite Milwaukee’s hot start. The Bucks made seven three-pointers in the opening frame en route to a 34-28 lead. Bogdan Bogdanovic got the Hawks to within 38-32 early in the second quarter, but that was the closest Atlanta would come.
The Bucks went on a 33-8 run from that point and eventually won the second quarter 43-17. Milwaukee would further extend this advantage in the second half, winning the third quarter 26-18 to open up a 103-63 lead heading into the final frame. At this point, both teams turned the game to their fringe rotation players to close things out.
Milwaukee’s “Big 3” clicked in the same game with Holiday’s emergence being the brightest spot. If the point guard can continue to be a reliable scorer, the Bucks should be able to take over this series.
The Hawks really struggled from behind the arc, finishing the game 9-36. Atlanta also only managed seven offensive boards, not that it meant much with Milwaukee making most of its shots. The Bucks hit 52.1 percent of their attempts from the floor and 36.6 percent of their threes in the win.
Game 3 is Sunday in Atlanta at 8:30 PM ET.