Jun 27, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) shoots a three point shot through four Atlanta Hawks players during the second half during game three of the Eastern Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Milwaukee Bucks took a 2-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals with a 113-102 road victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night in Game 3. Atlanta led by as many as 15 points in the first half, and led by seven points with just over seven minutes remaining. But then Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton took over.

After Atlanta’s 95-88 lead, Middleton scored 17 points. Middleton even outscored Atlanta in the entire fourth quarter, 20-17! He finished the night with 38 points (15-of-26 from the field, 6-of-12 on threes), 11 rebounds, and seven assists.

Milwaukee is pretty much always going to get the big numbers from two-time NBA MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo (who had 33 points and 11 rebounds; ho-hum), but they’re on a completely different level when Middleton is also playing like this.

After a disappointing Game 1 loss at home to the Hawks, the Bucks have rebounded with two impressive wins. Game 4 is — for all intents and purposes — a must-win for Atlanta. It’s hard to imagine the Hawks being able to win three in a row vs Milwaukee if the Bucks take a 3-1 series lead.

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