NBA play-offs: Milwaukee Bucks beat Atlanta Hawks to take 3-2 series lead

Last update on.From section BasketballLopez gave an outstanding performance to help the Bucks winTo take a 3-2 lead over the Atlanta Hawks in their best-of-7 NBA Eastern Conference final, the Milwaukee Bucks won 123-112 at home.The Bucks lost their star player Giannis Antitookounmpo to a knee injury, but four of their five starters scored at minimum 22 points.Brook Lopez scored 33 points in Milwaukee's season-high win to move them one step closer to the NBA Finals.Lopez said, "I think we did a great job playing together."Khris Middleton scored 26 points, 13 boards and eight assists for the Bucks, and Jrue Holiday contributed 25 points and 13 assists.Lopez said that Khris and Jrue performed their usual job of making plays for everyone."When everyone scores, everyone is doing their job, it's difficult for a defense to make a decision and a commitment. It is difficult for them to make a decision.Atlanta was without Trae Young, a key player. Atlanta fell behind by 30-10 early in the game. The Bucks pulled away with victory, despite the fact that they had reduced the deficit to 65-59.Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 28 points to the Hawks. John Collins and Danilo Galinari each added 19 points."They were more physically. "They hit us in the face and we didn't recover," Nate McMillan, Hawks coach, said.Sunday's sixth game of the series will be in Atlanta at 01:30 BST. The Bucks will win one more game to secure their place in the NBA Finals where they will face the Phoenix Suns.