In Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday, the Bucks defeated the Eagles 113-102, and Chris Middleton was resurrected in the fourth quarter.
In the last 12 minutes, he scored 20 points. The Hawks only scored 17 points.
That burst of scoring turned the Eagles’ two-point advantage into a comfortable 11-point victory for the Bucks in the last minute.
Middleton scored a game-high 38 points and shot 57.7% from the field. He performed poorly in the first two games of the conference finals, averaging 15 points and shooting 33.3%.
So, how did Middleton heat up?
“Finally let them leave,” he said of his hot performance. “I have been trying to get the ball into the basket, but in the end they started to throw for me at the right time. I am grateful for that.”
Of course, the Bucks are happy to see their second star appear at the right time.
NBA Twitter also praised Middleton’s game. Many Bucks supporters, basketball fans and media professionals took time to praise him for his timely winning streak.
Chris Middleton Traditional Games
-Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) June 28, 2021
Chris Middleton has more iconic playoff games than James Harden
-Lu Dort Fan (@mattyice2ish) June 28, 2021