Maggette, Bucks run past Hawks, 108-91By CHARLES ODUM, AP Sports Writer Wednesday, Nov 10, 2010
Maggette and his fellow reserves outscored Atlanta’s backups 35-6 in the first half and the Bucks continued their offensive awakening, beating the Hawks 108-91 on Wednesday night.
The Hawks began the season 6-0 before the three straight losses, including two at home. The lopsided loss to the Bucks stunned the Hawks.
The Bucks struggled with their offense early in the season and were last in the league in scoring with only 89.6 points per game before taking a 107-80 win over the New York Knicks on Tuesday night.
The Bucks trailed by 13 points in the opening period before taking a lopsided 33-14 advantage in the second period for a 54-40 lead at the break. The bench led the second-quarter surge.
“We’ve got to give our bench a lot of credit tonight,” said Bucks coach Scott Skiles. “They came out and not only got us back in the game but, I believe, we had a 27-point turnaround in the first half.”
The Bucks continued to stretch the lead after halftime. Jennings had back-to-back 3-pointers late in the third period to stretch the advantage to 30 points at 88-58.
“When adversity hit us in the face, we went our separate ways,” said Atlanta’s Josh Smith(notes), who had 8 points and 8 rebounds. “We’ll figure out what’s going wrong, and we’ll fix it really quick.”
Skiles said the Bucks should receive a confidence boost from the win.
“Hey, look, if you come in here and are up (30) points over the Hawks, you’re obviously doing something right out there,” Skiles said.
Horford had 10 points in the first period as Atlanta’s starters claimed a 20-7 lead. The advantage began to disappear when Hawks coach Larry Drew began substituting.
“Our starters have gotten us off to fast starts,” Drew said. “I’m not getting the energy from the bench. … That’s the third game that’s happened to us. I have to find better combinations to use that can sustain the energy.”
The Hawks were stretched to seven games before beating the Bucks in the first round of the playoffs last season.
“This is a whole new season,” said Milwaukee’s Andrew Bogut(notes), who had 8 points. “People are going to build this rivalry up because they beat us in the playoffs, but it’s pretty much a whole new team.”
The Hawks couldn’t match the Bucks’ intensity, especially in the second and third periods, when Milwaukee outscored Atlanta 67-33.
Drew said his players were too easily frustrated.
“When it gets a little tough, we have a tendency to hold our heads down,” Drew said. “I don’t want to see our guys hang their heads.”
Notes: Bucks F Carlos Delfino(notes) missed his second straight game with a neck strain. … Hawks forwards Marvin Williams(notes) (bone bruise in his right knee) and Maurice Evans(notes) (sore right knee) were held out after working out Wednesday morning. Williams has missed four straight games, and the Hawks are 1-3 without the starter. … Bibby passed 14,000 career points with his first basket.