The Milwaukee Bucks returned with an impressive performance and tied for a best of seven streak in the North American Basketball League semi-finals.
Two days after a 113:116 defeat, the Central Division main-round winner won by 125:91 against the Atlanta Hawks.
A critical factor was the significantly improved defensive performance. The hosts managed to keep Atlanta’s Trae Young at only 15 points. The 22-year-old, who had 48 points in the first game, also lost nine balls and finished his workday shortly before the end of the third quarter. “I take full responsibility for what happened in this match,” Young said.
On the other hand, Giannis Antetokounmue (25 points) and Giroud Holliday (22) convinced the Bucks, who never backed off. Since the match was decided early, both teams saved their regular team in the final division.
The third game in the series will be held Monday evening in Atlanta. To go to the finals, four wins are required.
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