2. Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo was held to 12 points in a quiet first half before scoring 12 in just the first four-and-a-half minutes of the third quarter alone (the Bucks used a big 38-point third to pull ahead). The Hawks couldn’t reign in Antetokounmpo, who finished with 33 points and 11 rebounds, once he got going, or Eric Bledsoe, for that matter, who had 28 points, seven rebounds and five assists. “In the third quarter, I just thought we had no answer for Giannis,” Pierce said. “He just started putting his head down. We didn’t have the gaps closed, defensively, and he was getting in the paint and getting to the foul line. We just didn’t have an answer for him when he played with a little sense of urgency.”
3. The Hawks entered the fourth quarter trailing 96-83 and trailed by 19 at the 3:42 mark. They weren’t struggling to score, just couldn’t get stops -- but just as the game started winding down, they started pressing and went on a 13-1 run over the next 1:32 to make it a game, 126-119, with 2:10 left, forcing four turnovers over that span. They kept fighting, with a driving layup by Trae Young (who finished with 25 points, eight assists and three steals) making it a seven-point game, 132-125, but couldn’t narrow it down any further than that.