Bucks Edge Hawks, Snap Home Slide
Milwaukee 88, Atlanta 87
MILWAUKEE, March 13 (Ticker) -- The Milwaukee Bucks were not ready to drop their sixth consecutive game at the Bradley Center.
Bobby Simmons scored 18 points and Joe Smith added four of his six in the final two minutes as the Bucks snapped their five-game home losing streak with an 88-87 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.
"We've had some bad starts lately," said Bogut, who finished with 10 points. "(Monday) we had a good start of the game and a good start of the second half. We played well for three quarters. The fourth quarter, they played well."
Atlanta opened the final period with a 15-5 surge to close within 81-79 on Joe Johnson's jumper with just under five minutes remaining.
T.J. Ford followed with a three-point play before Josh Smith hit three straight jumpers to give Atlanta its first lead, 85-84, with 1:49 left.
"I was coming off pick-and-rolls and they were doubling," said Hawks guard Joe Johnson, who handed out career-high 17 assists. "I was just being very unselfish and Josh had the hot hand tonight and was making plays for us.
Milwaukee regained its edge on the other end as Joe Smith drained a baseline jumper before hitting two clutch free throws for a 88-85 advantage with 46 seconds left.
"I got a pretty good look down the stretch and I hit a few free throws," Joe Smith said. "That's big, especially after I missed a few shots earlier."
Al Harrington cut the deficit to 88-87 with a pair from the line 15 seconds later and had a chance to win it after Michael Redd, who scored 16 points, misfired on a jumper. But Harrington's 3-pointer did not find its mark at the buzzer.
"I had the ball in my best player's hands (Johnson), he made the right decision and got it to a wide open (Harrington)," Hawks coach Mike Woodson said. "I told him, if they score, we'll take a timeout and if not, bring it.
"They didn't get a chance to set up," said Johnson, who scored just nine points. "We came down, I came off the pick-and-roll, they doubled and I saw Al open out of the corner of my eye. I thought it was a good shot, he just missed it."
Ford contributed 14 and eight assists and Jamaal Magloire added nine and 15 rebounds for the Bucks, who shot 50 percent (32-of-64) from the field to overcome their 20 turnovers.
Josh Smith scored a career-high 25 points and rookie Salim Stoudamire added 21 off the bench for Atlanta, which shot 45 percent (33-of-73) and lost for the 13th time in 14 meetings with Milwaukee.
"It was just one of those nights were I was feeling it," said Josh Smith, who added two steals. "As of late, the team has been unselfish. They've been finding the hot man and it was me and Salim."