NBA play-offs: Giannis Antetokounmpo leads Milwaukee to series-levelling win against Atlanta

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 25 points as the Milwaukee Bucks thrashed the Atlanta Hawks 125-91 to level the NBA Eastern Conference finals series.

Two-time NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday, with 22 points, combined to make 20 of 32 shots from the floor before sitting out the fourth quarter.
The Bucks hit 20 unanswered points late in the second quarter to take control.

Trae Young led the Hawks scoring with just 15 points.

Young had scored 48 points in Atalanta’s series-opening win.

Milwaukee shot 52% from the floor and took advantage of 20 turnovers by the Hawks.

The Bucks also landed 15 of 41 attempts from three-point range, having managed just eight of 36 during a 116-113 loss in game one on Wednesday.

The third-seeded Bucks and fifth-seeded Hawks meet in game three in Atlanta on Sunday.

He needed to go under 27 minutes 28 seconds to make the British team for Tokyo but finished in 27:47.04.

“I don’t know what to think or what’s next. If I can’t compete with the best why bother?” said Farah, who won 5,000m and 10,000m gold in 2012 and 2016.

“There’s no excuse in terms of conditions – it is what it is. I genuinely thought I’d come out here, get the time and then go back to the training camp.

“I’ve had an amazing career. Thinking about it tonight it’s a bit shocking and I don’t really know what to say.

“I’m lucky enough to have so many medals. I’m one of these athletes who, if you can’t compete with the best, why bother?”

Farah’s previous shot at qualifying for the Olympics, after more than three years concentrating on road running, was hampered by a left ankle niggle.

Reports from his high-altitude training camp in France were that his injury had cleared and his form improved since that Birmingham outing.

However, Farah could not maintain the necessary pace set by Australian duo David McNeil and Ryan Gregson.

Once Belgian training partner Bashir Abdi peeled off with nine laps to go, Farah steadily started slipping behind the required time as his stride shortened and a grimace showed on his face.

A socially distanced crowd tried to provide the sort of support that swept Farah to his first Olympic 10,000m title on ‘Super Saturday’ in London nine years ago. But ultimately their standing ovation was for his past glories rather than the prospect of more.

World record holder Joshua Cheptegei and his Ugandan compatriot Jacob Kiplimo, the event’s present and future, will instead be gunning for Farah’s crown in the Olympic final on Friday 30 July.

Marc Scott has already qualified to represent Britain in the event, although he is reportedly suffering with a foot injury.

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