Bucks edge Hawks to snap home skid
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Bobby Simmons led a balanced attack with 18
points, as the Milwaukee Bucks held on the defeat the Atlanta Hawks, 88-87, at
the Bradley Center.
Michael Redd tallied 16 points and T.J. Ford totaled 14 points and eight
assists for the Bucks, who saw five players hit double digits in scoring.
Andrew Bogut and Maurice Williams both had 10 points for Milwaukee, who blew a
17-point lead, but managed to snap a five-game home losing streak.
“It’s certainly good to get a win coming off the home losing streak,” said
Milwaukee head coach Terry Stotts. “We did a lot of good things and in the
fourth quarter Atlanta really got aggressive with us. We got a little tight
and missed some free throws.”
Josh Smith scored a career-high 25 points before fouling out late in the
fourth quarter, while Salim Stoudamire dropped 21 points and Joe Johnson
scored nine points and dished out a career-high 17 assists and pulled down
nine rebounds for the Hawks, who lost for the fourth time in five games.
“It was just one of those nights where I was feeling it,” said Smith. “As of
late, we have done a good job of finding the people with the hot hands, and
tonight that was me and Salim Stoudamire.”
Milwaukee opened the second half with a 15-6 run as Redd sank a three-pointer,
Simmons hit two free-throws and Bogut converted a layup to cap off the run and
give the Bucks a 13-point cushion, 61-48, with 8:08 remaining in the third
The lead would increase to 17 points, 75-58, as Simmons drained a three with
2:15 left, but the Hawks would score the next six points before Jamaal
Magloire hit a free throw to end the quarter and give the Bucks a 76-64
advantage heading into the final frame.
The Hawks did not go away, as they embarked on a 15-5 run to open the last
quarter. Johnson’s jumper with 4:55 left capped the run and pulled the
Hawks to within two, 81-79. They would take their first lead of the game as
Smith scored six consecutive points for the Hawks, including a jumper with
1:49 left to put his team up one, 85-84.
The Bucks took the lead right back, as Joe Smith’s bucket on the ensuing
possession put the Bucks back on top, 86-85.
The two teams traded free throws and with just under 10 seconds left, Redd
missed a jumper and Johnson grabbed the rebound. He dribbled up court and
Harrington for an open jumper attempt at the buzzer. Harrington’s shot hit the
front iron and the Hawks’ fate was sealed.
Simmons hit a pair of free throws with 1:52 to go in the first quarter that
gave the Bucks a 22-12 lead. Simmons dropped 11 points in the quarter.
Milwaukee led, 25-18, after the first stanza.
The Hawks went on a 10-0 spurt early in the second quarter as Stoudamire
scored eight of the ten points during the run, including three consecutive
freebies to cut the lead to one, 31-30. The Bucks led 46-42 at the break.
The Bucks are have now won all three meetings this season and the last five
meetings overall…Magloire had nine points and 15 rebounds…The Hawks
struggled from beyond the arc as they connected on only 4-of-17 attempts.