Central Division matchup in Atlanta
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – The Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks both try
to rebound from losses tonight when the team hook up for a Central Division
matchup at Philips Arena.
Milwaukee fell to the Bulls and their new head coach Scott Skiles, 97-87, on
Monday at Chicago.
Michael Redd’s 26 points led Milwaukee, which lost for just the second time in
Chicago led by six at halftime and increased its advantage to 51-43 early in
the third quarter. Milwaukee, however, responded with a 15-4 burst to jump in
front. A field goal by Redd capped the run and put the Bucks ahead, 58-55,
midway through the third quarter.
Trailing 69-64, the Bulls took over the game beginning with a 10-point spurt.
Antonio Davis started the decisive run with a jumper and Jamal Crawford and
Jerome Williams dunked back-to-back to put Chicago in front for good, 74-69,
early in the fourth quarter.
After a basket by Milwaukee’s Marcus Haislip, the Bulls ran off 10 more
unanswered points. Davis started the spurt with a jumper and scored again to
give Chicago an 84-71 advantage midway through the final stanza.
A three-pointer by Crawford with 3:45 to play in the contest put Chicago in
The Bucks used a late run to get within four, 91-87, but Chicago scored the
final six points of the game to come away with the victory.
Milwaukee forward Tim Thomas missed his third straight game with a sprained
Thomas and forward Toni Kukoc (back) are both expected to miss tonight’s
The Hawks lost to the Philadelphia 76ers, 98-86, on Saturday night at the
Jason Terry collected 20 points and six assists in the loss, while Shareef
Abdur-Rahim posted 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Stephen Jackson netted 13 and Dion Glover added 12, as the Hawks lost for the
third time in four games.
Atlanta is 3-5 at home.
The Hawks won the first contest between the teams this season. Atlanta
defeated the Bucks, 101-93, on November 18 at the Bradley Center.
The home team has won eight of the last 10 games between the two squads.
The Hawks have won two in a row over the Bucks, who have lost three straight