Hawks vs. Bucks - Recap
The Atlanta Hawks beat the Milwaukee Bucks 103-102 on the road at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. This was the second and final game of a back-to-back set for the Hawks. This was also the first of four meetings between these two teams this regular season. With the win, the Hawks improved to 31-23 on the season and 1-0 in the regular season series with the Bucks. The starters for the Hawks were Jeff Teague and Devin Harris in the backcourt, Anthony Tolliver and Josh Smith at the two forward positions, and Al Horford at center. Louis Williams (torn ACL, right knee) and newly-acquired Jeremy Tyler did not dress. DeShawn Stevenson (knee) dressed, but did not play. Ivan Johnson, Johan Petro, and Mike Scott received DNP-CDs. The Hawks were led by Al Horford and Jeff Teague, with 23 points each. Horford also grabbed 11 boards, giving him a double-double on the night, while Teague also dished out nine assists. Milwaukee-native Devin Harris added 21 points against his hometown team and with his college coach, Bo Ryan, in the arena. Josh Smith contributed a double-double, with 15 points, 13 rebounds, and five dimes. The leading scorer for the Bucks was Ersan Ilyasova, with 19 points. In the first quarter, the Bucks outscored the Hawks 27-19, in a quarter that ended in a series of turnovers from both teams all within about 30 seconds. In the second quarter, Zaza Pachulia set a Hawks franchise record for offensive rebounds in a quarter, with seven, to help the Hawks retake the lead, 54-53, at the break. In the third quarter, the Bucks outscored the Hawks, 27-22, to take an 80-76 lead heading into the final frame. In the fourth quarter, the Bucks went up by 10 with 6:43 to play in regulation. Over the next 6:27, the Hawks outscored the Bucks 18-7 as they retook the lead, 101-100. With 15.2 seconds to play, Milwaukee had to burn their final timeout because they couldn't get the ball in play. When they came out of the timeout, Monta Ellis drove to the basket and flipped in a layup to give the Bucks a 102-101 lead with 10.8 to go. On the next Hawks possession, Al Horford missed a hand-off to Devin Harris, so he resorted to backing down Larry Sanders. Horford put in the layup over the shot-blocking aficionado, and the Hawks went up 103-102. On Milwaukee's final possession, the Hawks didn't stop Ellis from running the length of the floor to the free-throw line in 5.9 seconds, and Ellis put up a fadeaway turnaround jumper at the buzzer which hit back iron hard and bounced out of the cylinder, giving the Hawks the one-point victory. I think there were two keys to this win for the Hawks. First off, they were sizzling from behind the arc, hitting on 14-of-28 attempts. This is compared to 4-of-12 shooting from downtown on the night by the Bucks. Secondly, the Hawks forced 17 Milwaukee turnovers, compared to just turning the ball over 11 times themselves. The Hawks didn't capitalize much off of the turnovers they forced, scoring only 11 fastbreak points, but the effort was definitely there and in other areas. Great win for the Hawks to tip-off their six-game road trip in a nationally-televised rematch of their 2010 first-round playoff series.