2010 Atlanta Hawks Playoffs presented by Aarons


Game 2: Atlanta 96, Milwaukee 86 | April 20, 2010 | Philips Arena
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  • The Hawks beat Milwaukee 96-86 at Philips Arena on Tuesday to take a 2-0 lead their best-of-seven series.
  • Joe Johnson led all scorers with 27 points and had 6 assists...Josh Smith just missed a triple-double with 21 points, 14 rebounds and 9 assists (playoff career-highs in rebounds and assists).
  • Al Horford also had a double-double with 20 point and 10 boards...Marvin Williams added 11 points, and Mike Bibby had 10 and 7 assists.
  • Atlanta used an 18-6 first quarter run to take a 28-20 lead after 12 minutes...Milwaukee opened the 2nd quarter on a 12-2 spurt to take a brief 2-point lead before the Hawks came back for a 52-46 halftime advantage.
  • Horford had 15 points at the break to lead all scorers while Ersan Ilyasova tallied 13 points and 10 boards to lead the Bucks.
  • The Hawks pushed the lead to as many as 19 in 3rd quarter and cruised to the win.
  • John Salmons was the only Bucks starter to finish the night in double-figures, scoring 21...Ilyasova tallied 13 points and game-high 15 rebounds.
  • The Atlanta starters outscored their Milwaukee counterparts 89-46.
  • The series now shifts to Milwaukee for games 3 (7pm) and 4 (tip tbd) on Saturday (FSSO HD\ESPN\790 AM) and Monday (FSSO HD\790 AM).

Josh Smith

MIN
FGM-A
3PM-A
FTM-A
33:15
9-11
0-0
3-3

AST
REB
BLK
PTS
9
14
2
21

Honorable Mentions:
Al Horford - 20 pts, 10 reb, 3 blk

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

Don't let the final score fool you. After an uneven performance in Game One, the Hawks hit their stride tonight. Simply put, the Hawks dominated the Bucks, leading 52-46 at the half and then 76-62 after three quarters. Even though Milwaukee made a run in the beginning of the fourth quarter, the Hawks' starters pulled ahead at the end of the game and won it going away, 96-86.

It all stemmed from Atlanta's defense. After Brandon Jennings torched the Hawks for 34 points in Game 1, the Hawks spent Game 2 forcing him into their shot-blockers, and Jennings finished with 9 points on 3-15 shooting. The Hawks got out on Milwaukee's shooters and held them to 17 percent on three pointers (4-24), and Atlanta added 9 steals and 8 blocked shots.

Offensively, the Hawks turned in a balanced effort, with all five starters finishing with double-figures and Josh Smith one assist away from a triple-double. Game 3 in Milwaukee isn't until Saturday night, which feels like it's months away. Hopefully the Hawks can remember the way they played tonight and replicate the performance.

Hawks Playoff Media Guide

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- Opponents (PDF)
- Records (PDF)

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