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Atlanta Hawks dominated in paint, seeking answers after Game 5 loss to Bucks

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MILWAUKEE – Even if superstar guard Trae Young hadn’t sat out for a second straight game, the Atlanta Hawks wouldn’t have been able to stop the Bucks’ relentless assault on the rim Thursday night in Milwaukee’s 123-112 win in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Hawks coach Nate McMillan said he couldn’t explain why his team’s defense disappeared in Game 5.

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“We knew that they were going to come with that sense of urgency tonight,” McMillan said. “

The Hawks entered Thursday night’s game hoping to repeat the effort they gave in Game 4 without Young at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena.

In a complete reversal from Game 4, when the Hawks jumped out to a 10-2 lead and forced a timeout, the Bucks did the exact same thing in Game 5, making four straight shots to open the game.

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