Atlanta Hawks vs Milwaukee Bucks NBA East Finals Game 2, ATL leads series 1-0
|Trae Young ATL - PG
25.3 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 9.4 APG
|Giannis Antetokounmpo MIL - PF
28.1 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 5.9 APG
Trae Young isn't just comfortable on the road. He pulled out the refrigerator, put on his slippers, and flopped down on the couch with a cold drink in hand.
After making memorable playoff performances in New York and Philadelphia, Young looks to build on the momentum of his 48-point effort in the opening of the Eastern Conference Finals in Game 2 against host Milwaukee Bucks on Friday.
Young notably calmed the crowd at Madison Square Garden and pissed off the Wells Fargo Center worshipers before his shoulder went viral in the Hawks' 116-113 victory at the Fiserv Forum on Wednesday. The 22-year-old ran into Jrue Holiday so badly in the third quarter that Young had time to add some flair before casually ditching a triple.
Young's point total was just two of the Hawks' franchise record for a playoff game, set by Bob Pettit in 1958 and tied by fellow Hall of Famer Dominic Wilkins in 1986.
Young took advantage of dual screens and tall pick-and-rolls to score at least 30 points in six playoff games on the road this spring. Fifth-seeded Atlanta won the first game of its three top-seven road series and is 6-2 in the playoffs.
Collins had 23 points and 15 rebounds Wednesday and Clint Capela has 12 and 19 respectively for Atlanta.
However, Bogdan Bogdanovic was limited by a sore knee. He finished with four points on 1 in 6 shots from the ground.
While the Hawks looked comfortable in Game 1, the third-seeded Bucks were put to the test as they suffered their first home loss of the playoffs. Milwaukee will now be tasked with avoiding a 2-0 deficit for the second straight series.
Two-time NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo had 34 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists in Game 1 and Holiday added 33 points and 10 assists. The two combined to make 28 of 50 shot attempts, but the rest of the Bucks hit only 19 of 52 from the field.
Khris Middleton missed 17 of 23 attempts from the court and all nine 3-point attempts on Wednesday. The Bucks made just 8 of 36 attempts in a 3-point range.
Holiday scored his fifth triple point to give Milwaukee a 105-98 lead with 4:18 remaining before Atlanta claimed the victory.
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