ATLANTA, Jan. 11 (Ticker) --
A complete effort by the Atlanta Hawks
denied the Milwaukee Bucks an elusive fourth straight win.
led seven players in double figures with 18 points
and dished out nine assists as the Hawks snapped a six-game
losing streak with a 103-80 rout of the Bucks, who failed to
stretch their winning run to four for the third time this
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Entering with the worst record in the Eastern Conference at
5-26, the Hawks used a 15-2 run at the end of the first quarter
to distance themselves from the Bucks, who had tied the game at
14-14 on Zaza Pachulia's dunk with 4:16 remaining.
scored four of his 13 points during the burst,
which gave Atlanta a 29-16 lead. Al Harrington
collected 12 of
his 14 in the quarter.
and rookie Josh Childress
each scored 12 points,
rookie Josh Smith
had 11, four steals and four blocks and
added 10 and 11 rebounds for the Hawks, who
posted their largest victory since a 25-point triumph over
Toronto on November 18, 2002.
"Everybody shared the ball and took good shots," Lue said. "We
were able to do that tonight and that's why we won."
Atlanta held the edge in nearly every category, outrebounding
Milwaukee, 47-28, dominating points in the paint, 66-38, and
accumulating a 24-6 edge in fast-break points.
"We needed a win. We came out with a lot of energy and finished
the game tonight, played for 48 minutes," said Walker, whose
team had dropped 11 of its previous 12 games. "That's what we
have to do to continue to get better."
"(It was) definitely a good win for us tonight, a win we
needed," Collier added. "It was very balanced offensively out
there. Everyone was shooting the ball well."
The Hawks also suffocated the Bucks on the defensive end,
forcing 16 turnovers by Milwaukee and holding leading scorer
to 10 points on 5-of-17 shooting.
"(Redd) is kind of the nuts and bolts of their team," Atlanta
coach Mike Woodson
said. "I thought our guys did a terrific job
"We blew a golden opportunity," Redd said. "Give Atlanta a lot
of credit, they played well tonight and we helped them by
committing a lot of turnovers. While you will have games like
this, there is no excuse tonight. We didn't do a good job
taking care of the ball, and it's been an Achilles heel for us."
scored 14 points and Desmond Mason
added 13 for
Milwaukee, which trailed by as many as 29 points in the third
"Atlanta gave us a good old southern
take-you-to-the-backyard-shed spanking," Bucks coach Terry Porter
said. "Every facet of the game we were beaten in
tonight. It was disappointing. This was probably the worst
effort we have given all season."
"I look at the last 10 games and we've been in games, we've had
leads in those games, but we hadn't put a full 48-minute game
together," Woodson said. "That's the difference. Tonight, we
played from beginning to end, and the result was a nice win."
Milwaukee center Dan Gadzuric
left the game after playing just
six minutes with stomach pains and was taken to a hospital.
Precautionary tests were negative and he accompanied the team on
its flight to San Antonio.