Khris Middleton went off in Game 3, and NBA Twitter gave him rave reviews.
After surrendering Game 1 at home against the visiting Atlanta Hawks, the Milwaukee Bucks bounced back with a resounding win in Game 2 to even up the Eastern Conference Finals. With the series shifting to Atlanta for Game 3, the Bucks needed another big performance out of their stars to steal home-court advantage back.
Giannis Antetokounmpo delivered just as he did in the first two games, but Khris Middleton — who struggled through the first two contests — joined him and helped Milwaukee put Game 3 away in biblical fashion in Atlanta.
Finishing his night with a career-high 38 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists, Middleton came to life in the fourth quarter, dropping 20 points in the final 12 minutes. That late-game onslaught helped Milwaukee surge to a 11-point win despite trailing by 2 points heading into the fourth quarter.
NBA Twitter raved about Khris Middleton’s fourth quarter
As such, NBA Twitter heaped on plenty of praise for the Bucks’ second star. The highlights of that fourth quarter quickly made the rounds:
Some of the stats from this Game 3 showing were simply incredible, as Middleton became the first and only Bucks player (since himself) to record 20 points in any playoff quarter over the last 25 years. He also became the only Bucks player in franchise history with at least 30 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 made 3-pointers in a playoff game.
In terms of non-Bucks, Middleton still put himself in some pretty elite company Sunday night:
Furthermore, people couldn’t help but notice that Middleton outscored the Atlanta Hawks in the decisive period all by himself, 20-17.
The reactions of NBA Twitter fans were classic, as you’d expect.
The Bucks went up 2-1 in the series thanks to Middleton’s epic close and Giannis’ 33 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Suffice it to say that between Middleton coming to life and Trae Young’s ankle injury, the Hawks could be in serious trouble.