NBA Game Summary - Atlanta at Milwaukee|
(Saturday, February 23rd)
Final Score: Atlanta 103, Milwaukee 102
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Al Horford scored the go-ahead basket with
5.9 seconds remaining, capping a fourth-quarter comeback that lifted the
Atlanta Hawks to a 103-102 decision over the Milwaukee Bucks from the Bradley
Both Horford and Jeff Teague finished with 23 points for the Hawks, who
trailed by 10 points with 6 1/2 minutes remaining before outscoring Milwaukee
by a 20-9 margin the rest of the way. Horford added 11 rebounds on the night,
and Atlanta also received big efforts from Devin Harris and Josh Smith to
notch its fourth victory in five games.
"This win, hopefully it will get us started in the right direction," Hawks
coach Larry Drew said. "This is a long road trip for us, we'll be on the road
for 11 days. This is the first of six and it was just a real quality win."
Harris poured in 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting, with Smith pulling down 13
rebounds to go along with 15 points.
J.J. Redick scored 16 points in his Milwaukee debut, but the trade-deadline
acquisition's presence wasn't quite enough to prevent the slumping Bucks from
a third straight defeat and seventh setback in their last eight tilts.
Ersan Ilyasova paced Milwaukee with 19 points, with Larry Sanders amassing 12
points and 19 rebounds in a losing cause.
"Not a lot of great execution down the stretch for us," Bucks coach Jim Boylan
The Bucks appeared on their way to reversing their recent fortunes after
Ilyasova's jumper with 6:43 to go staked his team to a 93-83 lead, but
Milwaukee went cold thereafter and the Hawks capitalized.
Harris scored the first five points of a 8-2 spurt that Horford capped with a
dunk to cut the deficit to 95-91 with 4:41 left. Milwaukee upped the margin to
seven just over a minute later, but Harris and Smith drained threes on back-
to-back possessions before another Horford dunk put Atlanta up 101-100 with
1:28 to go.
The score would stay that way until the final stages, when Milwaukee's Monta
Ellis beat Smith off the drive and scored with 10.8 seconds on the clock for a
102-101 Bucks' edge.
Following a timeout, Atlanta worked the ball inside to Horford, who put home a
short hook before Ellis misfired at the buzzer as time expired.
Milwaukee jumped out to a 27-19 lead after one quarter largely by dominating
the glass, with Sanders and John Henson both active on the boards to help the
Bucks record an 8-0 advantage in second-chance points for the period. The
Hawks began the second quarter with a 10-2 run, however, to draw even, and
went into the break ahead by a 54-53 count behind 14 points from Teague.
The contest continued to be tight throughout the third quarter, with neither
team in front by more than four points. Milwaukee began to assert control in
the fourth, however, putting together a 9-0 burst culminating in Mike
Dunleavy's jumper that resulted in an 89-79 lead with 8:24 left to play.
Sanders' 19 rebounds were one short of a career high, set at Boston on Dec. 21
... Ellis finished with 14 points and 10 assists ... The Hawks held out guard
DeShawn Stevenson, who's been dealing with knee problems all throughout the
season, for rest purposes after he played 34 minutes in Friday's win over
Sacramento ... Milwaukee also acquired center Gustavo Ayon and guard Ish Smith
from Orlando in addition to Redick in Thursday's six-player trade, but neither
played ... Horford got five stitches above his eye after the game.
02/24 01:09:06 ET