“What I said to our guys before the game, the team that has been the more aggressive team to start the game has won every game in this series,” Hawks interim coach Nate McMillan said. “This was a very similar game to the game that we played here, where they came out very aggressive after losing their game. We came out aggressive after dropping a game at home and a very similar game.
“We knew that they were going to come with that sense of urgency tonight. They were going to continue to attack even without Giannis (Antetokounmpo) in the lineup. That’s just how they play. We knew that they would look to go to Lopez more, and they did. They just dominated the paint tonight.”