Just Enough in Reserves
Through the first three quarters the Hawks’ bench had as many turnovers as it did points (seven) and the Hawks appeared to be headed toward another frustrating loss, trailing the Milwaukee Bucks 76-65. Larry Drew started the final period with Jannero Pargo, Jerry Stackhouse, Tracy McGrady, Vladimir Radmanovic and Ivan Johnson. He ended up riding that group almost exclusively as Atlanta flipped the script and stormed back to take the lead and hang on for a 99-94 win that will certainly have the Bucks shaking their heads.
Led by Pargo’s 11 points and three triples from Radmanovic, the Hawks reversed the trends that had created the double-digit deficit.
“I thought they gave us a huge, huge lift,” Coach Drew said after the game. “Pargo came in the game and started making shots. The energy was unbelievable, and I was going to ride those guys to the very end, because they were the guys who were playing with the energy, and got us back in after we were down 10 or 12 points.”
GAME NOTES FROM HAWKS PR:
– Trailing by as many as 15 in the third and 11 in the fourth, the Hawks rallied for a 99-94 win over Milwaukee at Philips Arena on Friday.
– The Atlanta bench was huge in the fourth quarter, scoring 32 of the club’s 34 points, after combining for 7 points through the first three stanzas.
– Josh Smith had a monster night with 24 points and 19 rebounds, while Jeff Teague had 11 points and Marvin Williams 10.
– Off the bench, Jannero Pargo scored 11 fourth quarter points, Vladimir Radmanovic 9 (all in the fourth) and Jerry Stackhouse had 8 (5 in the fourth), while Tracy McGrady finished the night with 8 points (5 in the fourth), 11 boards and 5 assists.
– Both teams started well offensively but it was the Hawks holding a 27-25 advantage after one, despite 8 turnovers.
– Atlanta went cold in the second and committed 9 more miscues as the Bucks took a 51-39 lead to intermission.
– Milwaukee ended the half on a 17-4 run, including 8 points in 27 seconds from Brandon Jennings.
– Down 11 to start the fourth, Atlanta went on a 15-3 run to reclaim the lead (80-79) … The Bucks knotted things up at 94 with under a minute to go, but Radmanovic drilled a three with 11.9 seconds to play which proved to be the game-winner.
– Jennings led Milwaukee with 34 points and 9 assists and Drew Gooden had 26 points and 10 boards.
– The Hawks are back in action tomorrow vs. Oklahoma City at Philips Arena (7pm on SportSouth HD, 680 AM and 93.7 FM).