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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.