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Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo carry Bucks in 113-102 Game 3 victory over Hawks

Milwaukee’s stars took back home-court advantage in the series with sensational performances in the win.

2021 NBA Playoffs - Milwaukee Bucks v Atlanta Hawks
Khris Middleton of the Milwaukee Bucks handles the ball against the Atlanta Hawks during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2021 NBA Playoffs on June 27, 2021 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.
Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

Khris Middleton broke out for 38 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists and Giannis Antetokounmpo continued to shine with 33 points and 11 rebounds as the Milwaukee Bucks took back home-court advantage in the series with a win in Game 3 over the Atlanta Hawks. Trae Young led the Hawks with 35 points. Bucks guard Jrue Holiday, who was averaging 27.5 points entering the game, managed just six points on 2-11 shooting.

The Bucks covered the -4.5 spread. The under hit at 223.5.

The Hawks jumped to a 22-8 advantage in the first quarter, but Milwaukee eventually found its footing. The Bucks made a 19-10 run to cut the deficit to five before eventually tying things up by halftime 56-56.

The teams were even for much of the third quarter as well, but the Hawks built a 95-88 lead midway through the fourth quarter after Onyeka Okongwu hit two shots. Middleton hit two triples as part of an 8-0 Milwaukee run to take the lead, but Young answered with a three of his own to give Atlanta the lead again. Middleton hit a jumper to put the teams back on level terms. He added two more baskets to open up a 107-100 Milwaukee lead and finished the quarter with 20 points. The Bucks would end up cruising to an easy win.

Young left the game briefly after appearing to tweak his ankle before eventually returning. His status will be worth monitoring ahead of Game 4, but the guard appeared to be fine when he came back on the floor. Young did miss a crucial three-pointer late in the fourth quarter which could’ve cut Milwaukee’s lead to four.

Game 4 is Tuesday in Atlanta at 8:30 PM ET.