Hawks Bounce Back to Dominate Bucks
After being blown out at home by 26 last night against the Spurs, the Hawks came back to dominate on the road in Milwaukee for a 112-87 victory. Paul Millsap led the way for the Hawks with 20 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals on 8-of-14 shooting. Lou Williams came off the bench for 18 points and five assists with only one turnover on 6-of-9 shooting.
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The Hawks were without Jeff Teague (left ankle sprain) and Pero Antic (right ankle stress fracture), but got a lift from DeMarre Carroll who returned from his hamstring injury that kept him out of the Spurs game. Carroll played 24 minutes and had 12 points, six rebounds, and four assists and made all three of his three-point attempts.
With Teague out, Dennis Schröder got the opportunity to play some minutes as the back-up point guard. Dennis had four points, but the rookie forgot to put on his game shorts and played in his practice shorts.
Kyle Korver extended his three-point streak to 112 games in the first quarter and finished with 12 points as he went 3-of-4 from the three-point line, including his eighth four-point play in the last two seasons — second most in Hawks history.
The Hawks shot 52.7% from the field and 52% from three-point range thanks to some terrific ball movenet to take advantage of some ragged Bucks defense. The Hawks had 25 assists on 39 made shots on the night and were quick to make the extra pass or swing the ball around the perimeter when needed. Atlanta’s offense also took advantage of 20 Milwaukee turnovers, creating 21 points off of them, while the Hawks took care of the ball with only 12 turnovers leading to five Bucks points.
Along with Williams, Elton Brand — 12 points, five rebounds, and two blocks — and Mike Scott — 10 points — provided nice contributions off the bench. All 11 Hawks that were dressed and healthy scored in the game, including Jared Cunningham who just rejoined the team after a long stint with the Bakersfield Jam.
The Bucks — owners of the NBA’s worst record — looked the part on the night, and struggled to contain the Hawks on offense and never got going offensively. Brandon Knight led all scorers with 27 points on 11-of-15 shooting (5-of-7 from three), but got little help from the rest of his teammates. Ersan Ilyasova had 11 points and 13 rebounds, but was held scoreless in the second half. The Bucks as a team shot 46.8% from the field and just 25% from three-point range.
After such a demoralizing loss last night, winning in the fashion they did tonight will be a big boost for the team’s confidence. After the game Scott had a little fun with Williams during the post-game interview.
The Hawks head into a very difficult match-up with Kevin Durant and the Thunder in OKC on Monday.
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