Despite that, the Hawks keep finding ways to win. They got a stellar game from Collins, who had 23 points and 15 rebounds. They got 19 rebounds from Clint Capela, including a massive offensive rebound and putback with 29 seconds to go that regained the lead for good for Atlanta.

And, of course, the Hawks got an endless series of plays from Young. The Bucks went out of their way to let Young get into the midrange and take floaters in the first half. It was a sensible strategy, Young himself said, after he struggled to make those very same shots during a regular-season meeting between the two teams.

On this night, however, Young couldn’t miss to start the game, scoring 25 points in the first half alone. And as he was able to get going, it forced the Bucks to bend toward him, going away from center Brook Lopez, who played only 20 minutes, in favor of smaller lineups to try to switch against Young and the Hawks instead.

Only that didn’t work either — in part because, after holding Young to two free throws through the first three-and-a-half quarters, Young got 10 over the final few minutes of the fourth.

“It’s not easy [to win],” Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo said, after finishing with 34 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists. “Never gets easy.

“At the end of the day, we got to come and do our job. We got to be better.”

The Hawks have now forced that same reaction from three straight opponents in these playoffs. As a result, they now have a lead in these Eastern Conference finals.