Hawks vs. Bucks - Recap
The Atlanta Hawks beat the Milwaukee Bucks 104-99 on the road at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. This was the third of four meetings between these two teams this regular season. This was also the first game of a back-to-back set for the Hawks. With the win, the Hawks improved to 39-31 on the season, 3-0 in the regular season series with the Bucks, and 1-0 in their back-to-back set. The starters for the Hawks were Jeff Teague and Devin Harris in the backcourt, Kyle Korver and Josh Smith at the two forward positions, and Al Horford at center. Louis Williams (torn ACL, right knee) and Zaza Pachulia (sore right Achilles) were the two inactives for the Hawks. Ivan Johnson (sore back) and DeShawn Stevenson (knee) dressed but didn't play. Mike Scott received a DNP-CD. The leading scorer for the Hawks was Al Horford, with a game-high 24 points. He also grabbed seven rebounds and dished out six assists. Josh Smith added 23 points and nine boards, nearly registering a double-double on the night. Devin Harris contributed 16 points. Jeff Teague had 14 points and eight dimes. The leading scorer for the Bucks was Monta Ellis, with 20 points. After three quarters, the Hawks and Bucks entered the final frame tied at 74. They tied in the first quarter, the Hawks outscored the Bucks by one in the second, and the Bucks outscored the Hawks by one in the third. Monta Ellis went on a tear in the fourth, knocking down three-straight threes to put the Bucks up by five with 2:45 to play in regulation. The Hawks, however, responded with big plays from Josh and Al down the stretch, and the Bucks missed two treys late, leading to the Hawks' five-point victory. I think the key to this win for the Hawks was not giving up. They didn't settle for a loss down by five in the closing minutes, and instead, they were aggressive offensively and defensively, and it resulted in a W in a matinee rematch of their 2010 first round playoff series.