The Milwaukee Bucks made a surprising comeback last night in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round of the NBA Playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA Wednesday night, winning 91-87 and giving them a 3-2 lead in the series.
Atlanta built a 13-point lead in the third quarter. Trailing by nine points with four minutes remaining in the 4th quarter, the Bucks took a 14-0 run to win the game, giving the Bucks an advantage as they head back to Milwaukee for game 6.
The third seed Atlanta Hawks were expected to win at least one game in Milwaukee and come home to finish the series victorious. But now it is the Milwaukee Bucks who are one game away from moving on to face the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Rookie point guard Brandon Jennings led the Milwaukee Bucks with 25 points and John Salmons scored eight of his 19 points in the game-changing fourth quarter run for the Bucks.
“This would have to be the best game of the whole year because it’s the playoffs,” Jennings told reporters. “I had got a little motivation before the game so that made me want to come out and really play. I knew I had to come out aggressive.”
“This is by far the biggest win of the season,” said Bucks guard John Salmons. “We’ve still got business to take care of, so we’ve got to stay with it.”
“We feel great,” Kurt Thomas of the Milwaukee Bucks said. “Even after the first two games, we felt very confident we would go home and get the job done.” At 37-years-old, Kurt Thomas is one of the league’s oldest players
Despite Center Al Horford’s playoff career high of 25 points and 11 rebounds and Marvin Williams playoff career high of 22 points, the Hawks still couldn’t pull off the win.
“This is like waking up from a bad dream,” Hawks guard and NBA’s Sixth Man Jamal Crawford said. “I can’t believe that just happened. It really was like a bad dream.”
“It was a tough loss, but it’s a seven-game series; now we’ll see what we’re made of,” Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Woodson said. “Our backs our against the wall. Now we’ve got to go to Milwaukee and get a win, and bring it back home in front of our fans.”
Woodson also said, “We had control of the game, but our lack of composure coming down the stretch let it get away.”
Game 6 is Friday night in Milwaukee.