Hawks Beat Bucks In Regular Season Finale
The Hawks (38-44) finished off their regular season with a 111-103 win in Milwaukee over the Bucks (15-67). The Hawks rested Paul Millsap (thumb) and played the rest of their starters about 20 minutes each — DeMarre Carroll looked good in his 22 minutes with 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting along with four assists and three steals — in their final tune-up before the playoffs. For the second straight game, the bench unit got a great deal of playing time and experience. Mike Scott started in Millsap’s place and led the Hawks with 17 points, four rebounds, and four assists on 61.5% shooting.
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Mike Muscala set a career-high with 15 points (6-of-8 shooting), four rebounds, and three assists in 25 minutes of play. Muscala looked comfortable on the court and was active on both ends of the floor. Along with his offensive performance, being effective around the rim and from the mid-range, Moose had a pair of blocks on the defensive end, using his length to bother the Bucks.
The Bucks came out on fire, shooting 75% from the field (80% from three) in the first quarter on their way to a 39-29 lead. Brandon Knight had 11 of his game-high 31 points in the first quarter, and John Henson had eight of his 19 in the first. The Hawks defense looked out of sync early, but settled down and looked much better over the final three quarters.
The Hawks slowly cut away at Milwaukee’s lead getting it down to five at the half behind 10 from Jeff Teague in the first half — his 12th consecutive game in double-figures — and Atlanta trailed by just one heading into the fourth quarter. Cartier Martin along with Muscala and Lou Williams pushed the Hawks to the victory in the second half. Martin finished the game with 14 points (5-of-7 shooting), six rebounds, and three steals off the bench and Williams had nine points, four rebounds, and three assists.
The Hawks moved the ball well — as they did all season — with 29 assists, and they did so as a team, with no player having more than four assists, but had nine players finish with multiple assists. Atlanta finished the season 2nd in the NBA in assists per game at 24.8 — Spurs at 25.2 in first — and this game was a microcosm of that commitment to ball movement.
The Hawks will now prepare themselves for the opening game of their first round series against the Pacers that will start in Indiana.
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