Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 1/20

Game 1: Friday, January 20th
Game 2: Saturday, February 25th
Game 3: Monday, March 13th
Game 4: Saturday, April 15th

Bucks 118

(20-18, 10-10 away)

Hawks 102

(10-28, 7-12 home)

    7:00 PM ET, January 20, 2006

    Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIL 20 34 25 39118
    ATL 23 23 23 33102

    Top Performers

    Mil: M. Redd 28 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl

    Atl: J. Childress 16 Pts, 6 Reb, 8 Ast, 3 Stl

    Redd leads Bucks past woeful Hawks in Atlanta

    ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Hawks fired Terry Stotts a couple of years ago.

    It looks like they did him a favor.

    Michael Redd scored 28 points, Bobby Simmons chipped in with 25 and the Milwaukee Bucks snapped a three-game losing streak with a 118-102 victory over the Hawks on Friday night.

    Stotts coached in Atlanta for nearly two seasons, going 58-91. He was let go at the end of the 2003-04 season after a new ownership group took over the Hawks.

    "I have good memories," Stotts said. "I left here on good terms. So it wasn't a question of any animosity or revenge or anything like that. It was more important from a team standpoint to get a win."

    Atlanta has fared even worse under Stotts' replacement, Mike Woodson, whose record dropped to 23-97 -- including an NBA-worse 10-28 this season. He sat glumly on the bench through most of the fourth quarter, enduring insults from the sparse crowd and looking very much like a coach whose job could be in jeopardy.

    "I'm a defensive coach, and we're not playing defensive-minded," Woodson said. "You can't give up 118 points and beat anybody."

    The Bucks played without guard T.J. Ford, who stayed home with a strained left hamstring. It didn't matter against the listless Hawks.

    Trailing 23-20 at the end of the first quarter, Milwaukee took control by halftime and steadily pulled away. Atlanta didn't get any closer than nine points in the final period, and trailed by as many as 19.

    "We had to get this win tonight," said Redd, who went 12-of-23 from the field. "We played with a sense of urgency."

    The Bucks got to the free throw line on four straight possessions to start the fourth, with Maurice Williams and Jiri Welsch converting three-point plays that helped push the lead to 88-75.

    Redd finished off Atlanta -- first with a 3-pointer, then with a steal of Al Harrington's errant pass. Running the other way, Redd missed an easy lay-in off a lob pass, but Williams tipped in the rebound to make it 95-80.

    The Hawks called timeout and sulked off to the bench, looking every bit like a team headed for its sixth loss in seven games.

    Salim Stoudamire led Atlanta with 23 points, but he couldn't prevent the second straight blowout loss at home. The Hawks lost to Detroit 117-89 on Wednesday.

    "It's the worst two-game stretch of my life," said Stoudamire, who made 5-of-10 from beyond the 3-point arc. "It seems we're not making the effort out there."

    The Hawks got nearly as many points out of four players on their short-handed bench (49) as they did out of the five starters, who contributed 53 on cumulative 19-of-56 shooting.

    "I felt like saying something," Stoudamire said, "but I'm a rookie."

    It was the first matchup between the top two picks in this season's draft. Milwaukee's Andruw Bogut, who went No. 1 overall, had only five points but led the Bucks with 13 rebounds. Marvin Williams, taken by Atlanta with the second pick, managed nine points.

    "I don't have to carry a big load on this team," Bogut said. "Coming to Atlanta might have meant more for me offensively, but being here (in Milwaukee) with so many scorers, it just allows me to play free. I don't score too much, but I do other things."

    Ford's spot in the lineup was filled by journeyman Jermaine Jackson, who made his first start of the season and just the second of his four-year career. He scored two points in 16 minutes.

    Williams carried most of the load with 19 points -- going 11-of-11 at the foul line. Welsch and Dan Gadzuric also made big contributions off the bench with 14 and 12 points, respectively.

    The Bucks held a commanding edge in free throws, going 36-of-43. The Hawks were 23-of-33.

    "The most disappointing thing is that we can't stop the bleeding," said Josh Childress, who had 16 points for the Hawks. "They kept scoring. We couldn't stop them."

    Game notes

    The Bucks (20-18) kept their record above .500, which it's been since they started the season 3-0. ... Milwaukee outrebounded the Hawks 46-36. ... The Hawks had only nine players in uniform. Tyronn Lue and John Edwards were sidelined by injuries, and Tony Delk hasn't played all season.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 118 102
    FGM-FGA 39-76 (.513) 37-89 (.416)
    3PM-3PA 4-13 (.308) 5-19 (.263)
    FTM-FTA 36-43 (.837) 23-33 (.697)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-46 14-36
    Assists 15 23
    Turnovers 17 13
    Steals 5 9
    Blocks 7 5
    Fast Break Points 13 19
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 34 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 19 4

    Top Performers

    Michael Redd Redd
    Points: 28
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0
    Josh Childress Childress
    Points: 16
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0