NBA Game Summary - Milwaukee at Atlanta
(Wednesday, March 26th)
Final Score: Atlanta 115, Milwaukee 96
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Joe Johnson led a balanced attack with 28 points and eight assists as the Atlanta Hawks shut down Michael Redd and Andrew Bogut in the second half to come away with a 115-96 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Atlanta had its way offensively, as its 57.3 percent efficiency from the field allowed the Hawks to maintain their half-game lead over the New Jersey Nets for the last spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Josh Childress played a solid 29 minutes off the bench, logging 20 points, five assists and four steals.
Marvin Williams and Mike Bibby each deposited 16 points for the victors, while Acie Law connected on all four of his field goal attempts for 10 points off the pine.
The Bucks dropped their seventh straight road game and eighth of their last nine overall. Bogut and Redd led Milwaukee in scoring with 27 and 20 points, respectively, but were held to a combined five points in the second half. Bogut also pulled down a game-high nine boards.
Mo Williams chipped in 13 points and six assists, while Charlie Villanueva and Desmond Mason added 10 points apiece.
Bogut left in the fourth quarter with an apparent broken nose after being hit across the face going after a rebound. No foul was called on the play.
After intermission, the Hawks completely shut down the Bucks' best two offensive options and found tons of easy baskets on the other end of the court.
"We just had to make sure that we all got on the same page defensively," Childress said. "They have great scorers, and we really had to try to limit his (Redd's) opportunities, and the rest of the scorer's opportunities. We knew the offense would take care of itself, and obviously it did."
Midway through the third quarter, Bibby scored seven straight points and Atlanta held an 82-71 edge. The Bucks answered right back with six consecutive points, but that was as close as they would get the rest of the way. Atlanta rattled off a 10-5 run to end the quarter leading 94-82.
In the fourth, the Hawks took advantage of the Bucks' mistakes with easy baskets off turnovers. A 9-2 run five minutes into the final frame capped off by a Johnson three-pointer gave the Hawks an insurmountable 107-88 lead, and the Bucks couldn't battle back to make a game of it.
In a fast-paced first quarter, Redd drained 6-of-7 from the field, including 3-of-4 from behind the arc for an incredible 19 points. Atlanta kept pace with the one-man gang by using a balanced offensive attack, as seven different Hawks netted at least one field goal. Atlanta trailed 37-32 after 12 minutes of play.
Johnson caught fire in the second period, scoring eight straight Hawks points during a 12-3 run midway through the second quarter to put Atlanta ahead, 50-44. The Hawks continued to hit their open looks and took a 65-60 advantage into the break.
"Joe (Johnson) is special," Redd said of his opponent. "He is a great player. He got some things going for him tonight. We was able to help his team to a big win tonight."
With Redd commanding most of the Hawks defense, Bogut found easy buckets under the basket in the first half, tallying 23 points, seven rebounds and three blocks.
Atlanta is 22-13 at home...Milwaukee is 6-29 on the road...The Hawks are seeking their first trip to the playoffs since the 1998-99 season...The Hawks had 26 fastbreak points, compared to seven for the Bucks...Bibby left the game in the second half after injuring his left thumb...Milwaukee committed 20 turnovers compared to Atlanta's 11...The Bucks owned a 41-27 edge in rebounds...Milwaukee shot 48.1 percent from the floor...Redd only attempted three shots in the final three quarters...Zaza Pachulia grabbed a team-high eight rebounds for the Hawks.
03/26 22:55:38 ET