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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.