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Milwaukee is one step away from the NBA final in a duel without Antetokounmpo and Young


Brook Lopez blocks a John Collins pitch in the Milwaukee-Atlanta game.Jeff Hanisch / Reuters

Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday and Brook Lopez put Milwaukee one step away from the NBA Finals. The offensive success of the Bucks decided the fifth game against Atlanta (123-112) and places them one step away from the final. They dominate the Eastern Conference final 3-2, today conditioned by the absence of the stars of the two teams. Trae Young missed his second straight game after getting injured when he inadvertently stepped on a referee in Game 3. Giannis Antetokounmpo was unable to play after sustaining a left knee injury as he tried to avoid a Capela dunk in Game 4.

The Bucks haven’t reached the NBA Finals since 1974 with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson, the stars who gave them the only title in their history three years earlier.

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The offensive production and dominance on the rebound of the Bucks starters marked the outcome of Game 5. Their dominance in the interior of the area was also important. They grabbed seven more rebounds and were much more decisive in action near the rim.

Brook Lopez scored a career-high 33 points in the playoffs, and added 7 rebounds and 4 blocks. Antetokounmpo’s replacement in the starting five, Bobby Portis, with 22 points and 8 rebounds, reinforced the superiority of the Wisconsin team inside the zone. The Hawks were outmatched at the start of the game, 30-10, and were in tow for the entire game. Khris Middleton, with 26 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists, and Jrue Holiday, with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 13 assists, completed the quartet that decided the victory for the Bucks.

Bogdan Bogdanovic led the Hawks with 28 points. John Collins, with 19 points, and Gallinari, with 17, were the best offensive tricks for the Hawks, who paid for their deficiencies on the rebound and gave his rival many second options. Reddish captured the first defensive rebound for the Hawks when eight minutes had elapsed.

The sixth match is played on Saturday, Sunday morning Spanish time (2.30). The winner of the East final will face Phoenix in the final.

Milwaukee, 123; Atlanta, 112 (3-2)

Milwaukee: Holiday (25), Middleton (26), Tucker (5), Portis (22), Brook Lopez (33) -starting team-; Connaughton (9) and Forbes (3).

Atlanta: Lou Williams (17), Huerter (8), Bogdanovic (28), John Collins (19), Capela (6) -starting team-; Gallinari (19), Okongwu (6), Reddish (7) and Mays (2).

Partial: 36-22, 29-34, 26-22 and 32-34.

Fiserv Forum of Milwaukee. 16,389 spectators.

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