Giannis Insists Bucks Stayed Calm After Game 1 Defeat
The Atlanta Hawks' John Collins (20) fouls the Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) on his way to the basket during the second quarter in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Friday

Giannis Antetokounmpo insists there was no panic for the Milwaukee Bucks as they levelled the Eastern Conference finals at 1-1 with an emphatic 125-91 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday.

The Greek forward starred for the Milwaukee Bucks with 25 points, nine rebounds and six assists as the opened up a 32-point half-time lead.

The Bucks piled on 43-17 points in the second quarter, with Jrue Holiday (22 points and seven assists), Brook Lopez (16 points) and Khris Middleton (15 points, seven rebounds and eight assists) making strong contributions.

Atlanta had won Game 1 in Milwaukee 116-113, with Antetokounmpo insisting they remained calm after the defeat.

“I was calm, it wasn’t the end of the world if we had lost today I would have been a little bit more nervous,” he said.

“I trust my team-mates, trust our habits. I think everybody’s on the same page and know what we have to do. We knew we had to come in here and get this game and that’s what we did.

“There’s got to be some urgency, but you still have to enjoy the fact that we’re here. We worked extremely hard to be one of the last four teams standing.

“We’re going to try to play good basketball. The way I think about it is I’m going to be doing this for a long time so I’ve got to enjoy each game.”

Game 3 of the series is on Sunday in Atlanta.

Ben somerford
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