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Hawks 104, Bucks 99

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MILWAUKEE -- Al Horford had 24 points and Josh Smith 23 as the Atlanta Hawks pulled away late for a 104-99 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks Sunday afternoon at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

The Hawks also got 16 points from Devin Harris and 14 from Jeff Teague while shooting 50 percent (39-of-78) from the field and making 10 of 26 3-pointers.

Milwaukee shot at a 45.7 percent clip but made just 5-of-21 from beyond the arc, with four of those coming in the fourth quarter. Monta Ellis led the Bucks with 20 points while Ersan Ilyasova had 19 points and 10 rebounds. Brandon Jennings finished with 12 points and 13 assists, and Larry Sanders had 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Epke Udoh's runner as time expired in the first half brought the Bucks within one, 50-49, at intermission. Milwaukee shot 52.4 percent in the first half, compared to 48 percent for Atlanta, but trailed in large part because the Hawks made 7 of 19 3-pointers while Milwaukee missed all three of its attempts.

The Bucks created a little bit of separation early in the third, pulling ahead by four on Marquis Daniels' 14-footer with 5:54 left in the quarter.

Atlanta came right back and took the lead. Ilyasova answered with back-to-back buckets, putting Milwaukee up 67-64 with 3:24 left. The Hawks tied again, but Teague fouled Jennings on a successful 3-pointer, and after Jennings converted the free throw, Milwaukee again led by four, 72-68, with 1:39 on the clock.

Anthony Tolliver and Udoh traded baskets before Teague's floater with 0.8 seconds left sent the teams into the final quarter tied at 74-74.

Atlanta went ahead by six early in the fourth, as the Bucks missed five straight shots before Sanders made it 85-81 on a put-back with 6:07 to play. J.J. Redick finally snapped Milwaukee's day-long drought with a long 3-pointer with 5:25 left to make it 87-84.

Ellis hit three straight 3-pointers late in the fourth, but the Hawks erased a five-point deficit in the final minutes.

After Horford made two free throws with 20 seconds left, Ellis missed a 3-pointer and Dunleavy was called for traveling. Teague hit two more free throws with nine seconds left to clinch the victory for Atlanta.

NOTES: Atlanta's Zaza Pachulia missed his 12th consecutive game with a sore Achilles tendon ... The teams are separated by 4.5 games in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Atlanta entered Sunday holding the fifth seed; Milwaukee the eighth. ... With a 3-pointer at 2:41 of the first, the Hawks' Kyle Korver has made at least one 3 in 63 consecutive games -- the fifth-longest streak in NBA history ... Milwaukee's Sanders was ejected from three of the Bucks' previous six games and has 13 technical fouls this season. "The league has fined him," Bucks head coach Jim Boylan said. "It's obvious that he is on their radar. Larry is a guy that they are going to keep an eye on just like they have in the past with other players. He's a young player and has a lot of years ahead of him. Hopefully he will learn from this and won't let it affect him the way it has recently."
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