Milwaukee Bucks swingman Khris Middleton had another historic performance to lead his team to a huge Game 3 win over the Atlanta Hawks. Middleton put on a show in the game's final 12 minutes as he scored 20 of his game-high of 38 points to help Milwaukee steal the 113-102 road win behind the 29-year-old's herculean effort.
It's not every day that you see someone drops 38 points alongside 11 rebounds, seven assists, and his six threes in a playoff game. In fact, this is just the second time in the Bucks' playoff franchise history that this has been done (via StatMuse). Do you want to make a wild guess on which player has gotten to the statline before?
Khris Middleton tonight:
This is the 2nd time ever a Bucks player had a 30/10/5/5-three playoff game. The first time was also Khris Middleton. pic.twitter.com/eba0TdL2ET
— StatMuse (@statmuse) June 28, 2021
After going cold in the first two games of the series, scoring just 15 points per game on a 33% clip, Middleton shrugged off the rust and exploded in Game 3. The Bucks swingman gave the Hawks defense all sorts of problems on Sunday as he was basically knocking down all the shots he put up, especially in the fourth. The two-time All-Star shot 15-26 from the field, including 6-12 (50%) from deep, spearheading a huge fourth-quarter run to outscore the Hawks 30-17.
With all the attention being on two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, Middleton has found ways to be effective in his own ways. He's been huge for the Bucks this postseason, averaging 22 points per outing, and has been a key barometer for Milwaukee as they continue their impressive 2020-21 campaign.
Thanks to Middleton's huge evening, the Bucks are now just two wins away from booking a trip to the NBA Finals for the first time in over four decades.