Trae Young scores 48 points as Atlanta Hawks defeat Milwaukee Bucks in Eastern Conference Finals opener

The close game tipped in Atlanta’s favor when Clint Capela put his side ahead with 29.8 seconds left, before four free throws from Young inflicted a first home loss to the Bucks this season.

It’s also the first time the Hawks have won a conference final game since arriving in Atlanta in 1968.

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Young’s 48 points – two short of his career high – are the most important in a playoff game by a Hawks player since 1988. He also recorded seven rebounds and 11 assists.

Young (left) scored a career-high playoff record of 48 points against the Bucks.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored for the Bucks with 34 points, while Jrue Holiday added 33 points.

“Our confidence never goes away, we put in too much work,” Young said after the game.

“We’ve gone too far to get here to stop believing in each other. That’s what we’re going to keep doing, we’re going to keep fighting until it’s over. As I am. I said, I believe in this group. “

Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals is in Milwaukee on Friday, with the best-of-seven series winner facing the Phoenix Suns or LA Clippers.

The Suns took a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference final on Tuesday thanks to one last breath from Deandre Ayton.

The Clippers announced on Wednesday that star Kawhi Leonard would not play in Game 3 on Thursday due to a sprained right knee, the fifth game in a row he missed.

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