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Hawks 112, Bucks 87
MILWAUKEE — Forward Paul Millsap had 20 points and shooting guard Louis Williams added 18 off the bench as the short-handed Atlanta Hawks rolled to a 112-87 rout of the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
The Hawks (23-20) were without point guard Jeff Teague, who suffered an ankle injury on Friday night, and center Pero Antiche, who is filling in for injured center Al Horford. But they led by as many as 33 points in the second half and won for the third time in four games behind 52.6 percent shooting from the field that included 13 3-pointers on 26 attempts.
Six Hawks scored in double figures.
Forward Mike Scott had 14 points, guard Kyle Korver and forward DeMarre Carroll 12 each and forward Elton Brand 10.
Milwaukee (8-35) lost for the second straight night and for the 13th time in 15 games despite a stellar effort from point guard Brandon Knight, who led the Bucks with 27 points on 11-of-15 shooting from the field with five 3-pointers.
Forward Khris Middleton had 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field. Forward John Henson finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds, and forward Caron Butler and center Miroslav Raduljica also had 10 points.
But while the Bucks shot 46 percent from the field, which was brought down with a 5-of-15 showing from forward Ersan Illyasoca (11 points), they couldn’t hold onto the ball, turning it over 20 times for 26 Atlanta points.
The Bucks were shooting 58 percent from the field midway through the second quarter but went two for their next 10.
The Hawks made seven 3-pointers in the first half while shooting 52 percent from the field and trailed 60-45 at halftime.
NOTES: Atlanta was without PG Jeff Teague, who sprained his left ankle Friday night against San Antonio and did not make the trip to Milwaukee. … Teague, who is averaging a career-high 16.2 points and 7.3 assists, signed an offer sheet from Milwaukee during the summer which was matched by the Hawks. … Bucks coach Larry Drew spent nine seasons in the Hawks’ organization; the last four as head coach. … Drew was without C Epke Udoh, who suffered a sprained ankle Friday in Cleveland. … F Giannis Antetokounmpo had been dealing with a sore back for a few days and aggravated things on Friday when he collided with Cleveland’s Dion Waiters, but the 19-year-old rookie was back in the starting lineup on Saturday. “He was on the (training) table when I got here,” Drew said. “I told him ‘welcome to the NBA.'”
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