MILWAUKEE (AP)—It wasn’t pretty, but after losing the final three games of a four-game road trip, the Milwaukee Bucks will take it.
Van Horn went 13-of-14 from the free throw line and added 11 rebounds and four steals.
“It was an ugly game,” he said. “I thought we played much better defensively. Offensively, we moved the ball and played together, but we weren’t shooting the ball as well. Our defense is what carried us and that’s what we needed to do.”
Milwaukee led the entire second half. Atlanta got within seven points when Bobby Sura scored to cut the deficit to 83-76 with 4:50 remaining. But the Hawks would score just four more points, and Milwaukee regained control with a 9-1 run over the next three minutes.
“It wasn’t our best game of the year,” coach Terry Porter said. “But it’s a win. It wasn’t pretty, but we’ll dress it up a little bit.”
Atlanta’s Stephen Jackson, who had scored at least 15 points in his previous 23 games, had 11 against Milwaukee on 3-for-12 shooting.
Atlanta, which lost its fourth game in a row and seventh straight on the road, was led by Jason Terry’s 20 points. He also had eight rebounds and a team-high six assists.
The Hawks also 18 points and nine rebounds from Chris Crawford.
“I thought early in the second half we had a lot of good looks that we didn’t knock down,” coach Terry Stotts said. “That kind of took a little wind out of our sails, I thought. If we would have made some of those, it would have changed the complexion of the game.”
The closest Atlanta got in the second half was 56-54 on a basket by Crawford with 5:23 left in the third quarter. Milwaukee outscored the Hawks 14-7 to take a 70-61 lead into the fourth quarter.
“We had good chances and we tried to stay around until the end,” Crawford said. “But they made some buckets down the stretch and made some stops for the
The shot clock above one of the baskets did not work, so a portable one was set up on the baseline near Milwaukee’s bench. … Milwaukee began a four-game homestand after playing its previous four on the road. … The Bucks have won 10 of their last 11 home games against Atlanta. The only loss came Nov. 18. … Atlanta is 7-26 on the road, including 2-10 against the Central Division. … Atlanta outscored Milwaukee’s bench 11-0 in the first quarter and had just one turnover in the first half. The Hawks, however, made just fourfield goals in the second quarter.