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Bucks closeout Eastern Conference title with 118-107 win over Hawks

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NBA: Playoffs-Milwaukee Bucks at Atlanta Hawks Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks faced off Saturday evening in what was a must-win Game 6 for the home team. The Bucks, who led the series 3-2 heading into the evening, were looking to take down Atlanta and move on to the NBA Finals.

The Bucks ultimately took home the 118-107 win, taking control of the game in the second half despite some attempted runs from the Hawks to close the gap.

Milwaukee started the game on a 13-4 run, with the Hawks looking a bit out of sorts offensively out of the gate. Trae Young looked tentative in the early going, but didn’t seem to be favoring the ankle/foot a ton, if at all.

Young played eight minutes in the first quarter (he’s typically played the entire first quarter when healthy this postseason) scoring three points to go along with two assists and three turnovers.

Atlanta rallied back though, going on a 12-5 run of their own to make it just a two-point game with 3:30 left in the second.

From there, the Hawks were able to stay close and trailed by just four heading into the second quarter.

The second quarter wasn’t very kind to the Hawks on the offensive end, as this three from Cam Reddish was their only basket through the first 5:07 of the period.

Luckily for their sake, the Bucks weren’t much better over that stretch, scoring just eight points over the same period.

Atlanta was able to stay close despite a rough showing on offense, largely in thanks to Milwaukee’s lack luster first-half performance on that end as well. The Bucks lead 47-43 at the break.

Early in the third quarter, Khris Middleton went on a 13-0 run (yes, by himself) putting the Bucks up 15 points less than three minutes into the half.

Outside of a pair of threes from Reddish, the Hawks had essentially nothing working offensively early in the third.

As a unit, Atlanta was almost dead from three outside of Reddish and Danilo Gallinari through two-and-a-half quarters.

Reddish continued to help carry the Hawks offensively in the third, but little else was going well for Atlanta, and they trailed Milwaukee 91-72 heading to the fourth quarter. Middleton had 23 points in the third alone, a quarter in which the Bucks outscored the Hawks 44-29.

Atlanta did make a push in the middle of the fourth, using an 12-2 run to make it a 10-point game with 6:23 to go after an and-one finish from John Collins.

Reddish stayed hot, and the Hawks trailed by just eight after a pair of free throws from Young with 4:12 remaining.

Reddish hit Capela in transition for a layup to make it a six-point game with 3:41 to go, but a bucket from Holiday on the other end quieted the crowd. From there, the Hawks were unable to make up the remaining deficit, losing 118-107.

Reddish finished with 21 points in 29 minutes off the bench, and continued his stellar play on the defensive end as well. Bogdanovic had 20 points, three assists and three steals. Young finished the night just 4-of-17 from the floor with 14 points and nine assists.

For the Bucks, Middleton had 32 points and seven assists, while Holiday had 27 points and nine assists.

It has been a fun run with you guys, and we’ll be back in short order with offseason and draft stuff as always.

Stay tuned.