November 22. Since that date, the Hawks had not won in front of their public, and game after game, they sank into mediocrity with a catastrophic defense. But Martin Luther King Day inspired them, and Trae Young’s teammates find the physical and mental resources to make the difference in the last quarter, and win 121-114 against the Bucks.
However, Milwaukee had the game in hand with an 11-point lead nine minutes from the end (97-86), and even another 10-point lead with seven minutes remaining. But the Bucks will mess up their basketball with a lot of trash, and it’s Danillo Gallinari who wakes up his teammates with the And-1. Then Trae Young steals a ball, transformed into 3-pointers by De’Andre Hunter. In one minute, the Hawks have halved the gap (100-97).
Middleton loses a ball, then he continues with an offensive foul. Young then Gallinari sanctioned, and the Hawks went ahead (104-103). Suddenly, the Hawks are playing fair, and Kevin Huerter “à la Tyler Herro” then Young, at 3-pointers, drive the point home (111-105). It only remains to manage the last two minutes, and the arm of Young does not tremble at the free throws for a victory in form of deliverance.
✅ Trae Young. There is still waste but 33 points, 11 assists, and a 14 of 14 in free throws, it’s tough. He planted 14 points in the last quarter, and he found his 3-point address at the best time.
✅ Danilo Gallinari. It’s not his best game of the season, but it’s him who triggers it in the middle of the 4th quarter. The Italian plants 16 points at 80% on shots.
✅ Onyeka Okongwu. His defense in the last quarter on Giannis Antetokounmpo. And as a bonus, he scored a decisive basket.
✅ ⛔ Khris Middleton. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen him so aggressive in attack. So aggressive that he loses 8 balls, so two at the worst time…
Milwaukee (27-19): Return home Wednesday to host the Grizzlies
Atlanta (18-25): Wednesday, the Hawks will try to follow up against the Wolves