2010 Atlanta Hawks Playoffs presented by Aarons


Game 1: Atlanta 102, Milwaukee 92 | April 17, 2010 | Philips Arena
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  • The Hawks built a 24-point lead early in the 2nd half and held off the Bucks down the stretch to take 1-0 lead in the best-of-7 first round series.
  • The Hawks used first quarter runs of 11-0 and 9-0 to take a 34-17 lead...Atlanta led by as many as 23 in the 2nd quarter before settling for a 62-40 advantage at the break...It was the 6th-highest scoring first half in Hawks postseason history.
  • Atlanta shot 61.9% in the half and had 13 assists, while the Bucks hit 38.1% and had 2 helpers (both by Luke Ridnour).
  • Four Hawks hit double-figures in the opening 24 minutes - Al Horford 13, Joe Johnson 12, Mike Bibby 10 and Josh Smith 10...Brandon Jennings had half of Milwaukee's 40 points.
  • Atlanta pushed the lead to 66-42 early in the 3rd before the Bucks went on a 28-11 spurt to get back in it.
  • Johnson finished with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead Atlanta and Bibby had 19 points (8-9 FGs, 3-3 3FGs)...Jamal Crawford put in 17, Horford 15 (also 5 blocks), and Smith (also 10 boards and 4 blocks) and Marvin Williams each had 12.
  • Jennings finished with a game-high 34 to lead the Bucks and John Salmons had 16 points and 6 steals.
  • Atlanta finished shooting 53.9% from the field and 6-11 from three-point range (54.5%)...Milwaukee hit 45.1% from the floor and 8-20 from distance (30.0%).
  • Game 2 is set for Tuesday (7pm) at Philips Arena (FSSO HD, NBA TV and 790 The Zone).

Joe Johnson

MIN
FGM-A
3PM-A
FTM-A
42:54
10-21
0-2
2-2

AST
REB
STL
PTS
5
7
3
22

Honorable Mentions:
Mike Bibby- 19 pts, 3-3 3PM-A
Al Horford - 15 pts, 7 reb, 5 blk

Following each 2010 Hawks playoff game, SLAM Magazine's Lang Whitaker will chime in will his immediate reactions:

The Deer had the fear early on. Their first-half jitters allowed the Hawks to roll out to a 22-point lead at the half, but in the third quarter the Bucks came back and made a game of it. The Hawks built their huge lead methodically, pounding away inside and exploiting their size advantage. The Bucks bucked back mostly by riding a hot Brandon Jennings, who had his way against pretty much everyone the Hawks threw at him, and the Hawks managed to out-muscle Milwaukee down the stretch and win, 102-92. Whew. Looking toward Game Two, the Hawks will have to deal with Jennings, who finished with 34 points. On the flip side, Brandon also had just 3 assists, so maybe the Hawks can be content to live with that. However they deal with Milwaukee defensively -- and this might be somewhat counter-intuitive considering how Mike Woodson is so focused on defense -- the best way to attack Milwaukee appears to be offensively. Playing through the post isn't the most exciting brand of basketball, but it works. The Hawks just have to stick with it.

Hawks Playoff Media Guide

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- Bios (PDF)
- Stats (PDF)
- Opponents (PDF)
- Records (PDF)

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