Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 3)

Series starts 1/11

Game 1: Tuesday, January 11th
Game 2: Saturday, February 12th
Game 3: Tuesday, March 8th

Bucks 80

(12-20, 3-13 away)

Hawks 103

(6-26, 4-14 home)

    Coverage: FSS

    7:30 PM ET, January 11, 2005

    Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIL 16 21 16 2780
    ATL 29 26 26 22103

    Top Performers

    Mil: M. James 14 Pts, 4 Ast, 2 Stl

    Atl: T. Lue 18 Pts, 4 Reb, 9 Ast

    Lue's 18 points lead Hawks

    ATLANTA (AP) -- Tyronn Lue felt like he lacked energy Tuesday night. Maybe he was tired from watching his Atlanta teammates run.

    Taking advantage of fast-break opportunities to match their best shooting night of the season, the Hawks ran away from the Milwaukee Bucks and snapped a six-game losing streak with a 103-80 win. Lue scored a season-high 18 points to lead a season-high seven Atlanta players in double figures.

    "We were able to get out and run and get some easy baskets," said Lue, who came to Atlanta in a trade on Dec. 23 that sent Jon Barry to Houston. He had nine assists but wasn't impressed with his performance.

    "Everybody did a good job except myself," Lue said. "I had no energy from the start."

    Lue has started four straight games and may provide stability to the Hawks' lineup.

    "I've said all along, he's a point guard that's been around, that's been in big games, made big shots, made big plays in crunch time," Hawks coach Mike Woodson said. "He's a pretty good defender out on the ball."

    The Hawks had a 16-0 advantage in fast-break points through the first quarter, when they built a 29-16 lead. They finished with a 24-6 edge on the break.

    "We forced them into taking some difficult shots, and with that you have longer rebounds and we pushed the ball a lot," Hawks center Jason Collier said.

    The Bucks' three-game winning streak ended in the matchup between last-place teams in the Eastern Conference.

    The Hawks matched their biggest lead of the season at 29 points, 78-49, in the third period in winning for the first time since Dec. 22 and for only the sixth time this season. They finished with their largest margin of victory of the season and tied their season high by making 55.1 percent of their shots from the field.

    The Hawks angered some Milwaukee players by showboating in an attempt for a final jam in the final seconds.

    "They were bouncing the ball off the backboard, dunking and laughing," Desmond Mason said. "But they have to come to our place to play us."

    Milwaukee's Michael Redd added: "That was embarrassing. "We'll remember that next time."

    The Bucks were without starting center Dan Gadzuric for most of the game. He played only six minutes before he was taken to an area hospital, complaining of stomach pain. He was released and was to meet the team at the Atlanta airport.

    Al Harrington had 14 points, including 12 in the first quarter, for Atlanta. Predrag Drobnjak had 13. Collier and Josh Childress each scored 12 points.

    Rookie Josh Smith had 11 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots. Antoine Walker added 10.

    Mike James led the Bucks with 14 points. Mason added 13. Redd was held to 10 points, 12 below his average, while making only five of 17 shots from the field. Keith Van Horn scored 10 points in his return from the injured list.

    The Hawks used an 11-0 run late in the first period to pull away. They opened a 55-37 halftime advantage for their second-biggest lead of the season. Atlanta led by 29 points in an 88-72 win over Detroit on Dec. 10.

    Van Horn played in his first game since Dec. 1. He didn't start but came off the bench in the first quarter and played 15 minutes. Van Horn was averaging 17.2 points per game before missing 18 games with tendinitis in his right ankle.

    Game notes

    Hawks F Josh Smith blocked four Zaza Pachulia shots in the second period, including three on one trip down the floor. Smith blocked 10 shots at Dallas on Dec. 18. ... Mo Williams, who scored a career-high 22 points Friday at Toronto, had eight points. ... The Bucks placed forward Zendon Hamilton on the injured list with an injured right knee to clear a roster spot for Van Horn.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 80 103
    FGM-FGA 36-87 (.414) 43-78 (.551)
    3PM-3PA 3-10 (.300) 3-8 (.375)
    FTM-FTA 5-8 (.625) 14-19 (.737)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-28 12-47
    Assists 22 24
    Turnovers 16 21
    Steals 10 9
    Blocks 4 10
    Fast Break Points 6 24
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 23 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 29

    Top Performers

    Mike James James
    Points: 14
    Reb: 0
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Tyronn Lue Lue
    Points: 18
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0