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Defense drops-off as Hawks drop Game 5 in Milwaukee, trail 3-2 to Bucks

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After a dominant Game 4 victory at State Farm Arena to set up a pivotal Game 5 in Milwaukee, the Atlanta Hawks were unable to take a 3-2 lead in the series as the Bucks took Game 5 on their home floor, 123-112 on Thursday night.

In many ways Game 5 was for the Bucks what Game 4 was for the Hawks – the Bucks showed they meant business immediately out of the gate, they never trailed and they received performances from their other starters in the absence of their star.

Unlike the Hawks in Game 4 the Bucks’ opening punch in Game 5was much more emphatic than the Hawks’, and the Bucks took a 20 point lead in the first quarter. In a situation where the winning team takes the other team into an elimination game for Game 6, the Hawks really fell short of the occasion to start the game and paid a high price.

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