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Video: 'The greatest stretch in Bucks history'

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How about those Milwaukee Bucks last night, eh? Despite a big night from Marvin "Marvdawg" Williams, the Bucks dismantled the Hawks down the stretch to take control of their first-round series. And that stretch, it was pretty amazing. Dudes getting on the floor, big shots and lots and lots of Ersan Ilyasova. Totally fearing the deer right about now.

If you missed it, take a look at the last 40 seconds of this video.

Pretty great stretch, right? You have to love a team that just outworks another team, unless you're a fan of the team getting outworked. In that case, ummmm, fancy a crisp?

And no matter how much we all love that little bit of basketball, it can't be the best in Bucks history, can it? With one big exception, Michael Hunt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel sure thinks so.

This is no time to quibble about details.

Outside of the Milwaukee Bucks' overpowering run to the 1971 NBA championship, the 4-minute finish Wednesday night was, without question, the greatest stretch in franchise history.

Are you kidding?

Down by nine points in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series in a building where the third-seeded Atlanta Hawks almost never lose and, indeed, had won 14 straight? Down by as many as 13 in the third quarter?

Without Andrew Bogut -- or really any center for brutally long stretches, for that matter -- with everything going against them in a game that overwhelmingly favored the Hawks' bigger, stronger bodies?

"We battled back as we have so many times and got one," Bucks coach Scott Skiles said.

But never one quite like this one.

I'm not one to argue. I've never taken a course called Milwaukee Bucks History 1968-present, and the most historical knowledge I have of Milwaukee is that the Bulls notched win No. 70 there in 1996. Sure, I liked the Glenn Robinson/Ray Allen/Sam Cassell triune of the early 2000s as much as anyone, but I'm far from a Bucks archivist. So if a reporter covering the team says that four minutes in a non-decisive first-round Game 5 is the second greatest stretch in team history, who am I to argue?

In fact, if I were voting, I'd probably argue for Andrew Bogut high-fiving himself as my favorite Bucks memory. This is certainly better than that.

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