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Jrue Holiday reveals how Shaq secretly helped Bucks win Game 5

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No Giannis Antetokounmpo? No problem. The Milwaukee Bucks took care of business in Game 5 against the Atlanta Hawks, despite playing without their franchise player.

One of their remaining All-Stars Jrue Holiday was asked by Shaquille O’Neal about Brook Lopez’s vintage big man performance for the Bucks. The point guard revealed that The Diesel might have influenced BroLo to play an epic throwback game.

“He might have been listening to you,” the Bucks guard said to Shaq. “I know how you preach about big men getting in there and BBQ chicken and all that.”

Brook Lopez was no Shaq, but he definitely made the all-time center proud. The Bucks big man poured in an eye-popping 33 points, with nearly all coming from within the paint.

With Giannis usually operating on the inside, Lopez is often used to space the floor for the Greek Freak. But that wasn’t the case tonight, as Lopez didn’t even make a three-pointer, missing on his only two attempts from beyond the arc.

Lopez wasn’t Milwaukee’s lone surprise contributor. The Bucks also got 22 points and eight rebounds from Bobby Portis, who got the spot start in place of Giannis Antetokounmpo. With Holiday and Khris Middleton combining for 51 points as well, there was no stopping the Bucks in this one.