The Milwaukee Bucks did not have an answer for Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young early in Game 3 Sunday evening, only to see Khris Middleton take over in the fourth quarter and lead the team to a huge win.
Continuing what has been a solid postseason run, the Bucks’ wing helped his team back from a fourth quarter deficit by scoring 20 points in the final stanza. Middleton single-handedly outscored the Hawks by a margin of 20-17 in the final quarter to send fans into the Atlanta night in a foul mood and a 113-102 loss.
To say Middleton was up to the task in what could have very well been a must-win game for his Bucks in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals would be an understatement.
Talk about boasting the clutch gene. Lesser-known than teammate and two-time NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, Middleton continues to step up when it counts the most. That included him going off for 38 points on 15-of-26 shooting while adding 11 rebounds and seven assists en route to leading Milwaukee to a 2-1 series advantage.
Khris Middleton entered Sunday’s action averaging 22.0 points, 7.7 rebounds and 4.5 assists thus far in the playoffs. And while he’s struggled from the field (42%), the All-Star wing has come up big time in important moments. That included him scoring 38 points in a huge Game 6 win over the Brooklyn Nets in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.