Hawks/Bucks Game 3 Recap
Dominant 1st quarter sets pace for Bucks blowout.
by Tracy Weissenberg / @basketballista
Fans at the Bradley Center came prepared for a “red out” and the Bucks came out red hot. Scott Skiles’s resilient bunch pounced on Atlanta early and the Hawks would never recover.
* Brandon Jennings and John Salmons set the pace for the Bucks with 11 points each. Jennings shot 4-5 from the field, including 3-4 from beyond the arc. Salmons went a perfect 5-5 from the field with 3 assists and 2 steals.
* Josh Smith scored 5 points on 1-3 field goals. He would tally only 2 more points on 1-9 shooting during the following three quarters.
* The Hawks would finish with 1 assist and 3 turnovers, while the Bucks had 7 assists and 2 turnovers.
* The Bucks shot 68 percent from the field (5-8 3-PT) and the Hawks shot 35 percent (0-3 3-PT). Bucks up 36-19.
* Both the Bucks and Hawks couldn’t find their shot. The Hawks shot 8-22 from the field and the Bucks finished 7-20.
* Salmons and Jennings scored 2 points each on two shot attempts (each only played about 4 minutes).
* Johnson had the hot hand for the Hawks, scoring 8 points on 3-6 shooting.
* Bucks got careless with the ball, with 5 turnovers and 4 Hawks steals.
* Hawks outscore Bucks 21-16, but Bucks are up 12 at half, leading 52-40.
* Bucks come out firing and would shoot 53 percent for the quarter (4-8 3-PT). Hawks shot 27 percent (1-5 3-PT)
* Joe Johnson struggled from the field, finishing with 5 points on 1-7 field goals, while Al Horford added 8 points on 4-6 shooting. Horford finished the game with 10 points and 3 rebounds, while Johnson scored a game-high 25 points on 9-22 shooting. Josh Smith had 5 rebounds and would finish the night with 12.
* Kurt Thomas matched Smith’s rebounding with 5 and he would finish the night with 13. It seems as if different players have stepped up for the Bucks all season and really elevated their games beyond expectations.
* Jennings went 0-4 from the field. Salmons stayed hot, finishing with 9 points on 3-4 shooting. He would finish the night with 22 points and 7 assists.
* Bucks outscore Hawks 26-17.
* With the game out of reach, the Bucks bench scored 27 of the Bucks’ 29 fourth quarter points. Salmons played 2 minutes, while Jennings didn’t see action (though his presence was definitely felt from the bench).
* The Hawks shot 63 percent, with Zaza Pachulia scoring 14 of his 16 points on 5-5 shooting.
* The Bucks take Game 3 107-89 and the Hawks lead the series 2-1.
* Brandon Jennings scored all 13 points in the first half.
* The Bucks won their first Playoff game since April 29, 2006.
* Largest lead for Bucks was 28.
* Bucks finish 10-23 from beyond the arc. In games one and two, the Bucks shot a combined 10-44 3-PT field goals.
* The Hawks are 1-9 in their last 10 Playoff road games.
* Two of five Hawks starters scored in double figures compared to five of five in the first two games.