Hawks edge Bucks in Game 1

It's the third straight time the fifth-seeded Hawks have won a Game 1 on the road.

Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday (21) pokes the ball away from Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) during the second quarter during game one of the Eastern Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. (Jeff Hanisch / USA Today Sports)

Clint Capela scored the go-ahead hoop with 29.8 seconds remaining, and Trae Young capped a 48-point performance with four subsequent free throws, allowing the Atlanta Hawks to stun the host Milwaukee Bucks 116-113 in the opener of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night.

The third-seeded and heavily favored Bucks went the final 2:08 without a field goal, missing their last five shots, including 3-point attempts by Pat Connaughton and Khris Middleton, to allow Atlanta to rally from a four-point deficit and tip off its third straight playoff series with a win.

Game 2 in the best-of-seven series is scheduled for Friday, also at Milwaukee.

Young's 48 points came on 17-for-34 shooting from the field (4-for-13 on 3-pointers). He completed a double-double with a game-high 11 assists.

Capela and John Collins also recorded double-doubles for the Hawks. Capela had 12 points and a game-high 19 rebounds, while Collins added 23 points and 15 boards.


Giannis Antetokounmpo had 34 points to complement a team-high 12 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday poured in 33 points to go with a team-high 10 assists for the Bucks, who led 111-107 after an Antetokounmpo alley-oop off a Holiday assist with 2:08 to play.

Collins countered with a 3-pointer to get the Hawks within one, after which Capela grabbed Young's errant floater and laid it in for a 112-111 lead with 29.8 seconds to go.

The Bucks' only points after that came on two Antetokounmpo free throws with 5.3 seconds left, but they were sandwiched by a pair of Young 2-for-2 efforts at the line.

Kevin Huerter had 13 points for the Hawks, who won despite shooting just 8-for-32 on 3-pointers.

Middleton shot 6-for-23 on a 15-point night for Milwaukee, while Bobby Portis chipped in 11 points off the bench.

Young's most impressive stretch occurred after Antetokounmpo had given Milwaukee a 65-58 lead in the second minute of the third period.

Over the course of the next eight minutes, the third-year standout had two 3-pointers, three 2-pointers and three assists, including an off-the-backboard alley-oop to Collins in a 28-13 flurry that flipped the score in Atlanta's favor, 86-78.

The Bucks chipped away, finally drawing even at 98-all on an Antetokounmpo alley-oop from Middleton with 5:25 to go.


Young had 25 of his 48 points in the first half, but they weren't enough to prevent Milwaukee from going into the break with a 59-54 lead.

Unbeaten in five home games in their first two series, the Bucks led for most of the half, including 34-25 after opening the second period with consecutive hoops by Middleton, Antetokounmpo and Connaughton.

Milwaukee Bucks guard Jeff Teague (5) puts up a shot against Atlanta Hawks guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (13) in the second quarter during game one of the Eastern Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. (Michael McLoone / USA Today Sports)

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