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Hawks rally in 4th quarter, beat Bucks 109-104

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Hawks rally in 4th quarter, beat Bucks 109-104
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Atlanta Hawks point guard Devin Harris (34) shoots over Milwaukee Bucks defender J.J. Redick (5) during …

ATLANTA (AP) -- Jeff Teague and Josh Smith each scored 24 points and the Atlanta Hawks used a 13-0 run in the fourth quarter to take the lead after trailing by 19 early in the second half and beat the Milwaukee Bucks 109-104 on Friday night.

Atlanta moved one-half game ahead of Chicago for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.

Monta Ellis led Milwaukee with 27 points and 17 assists, and Ersan Ilyasova scored 25 points while shooting 6 for 8 on 3-pointers.

Ellis made a 3 with 17.8 seconds remaining to cut Atlanta's lead to 105-102. Al Horford, who had 18 points and 17 rebounds, made two free throws to push the lead to five points.

Devin Harris scored 19 points for Atlanta.

The Hawks, who trailed 59-40 in the opening minute of the second half, finally pulled even at 92-all on a drive by Teague with 5:18 remaining. Teague then set up Horford with an alley-oop layup for Atlanta's first lead since the opening period. A jam by Horford and a layup by Smith capped the 13-0 run.

The Bucks held out two injured starters, guard Brandon Jennings and center Larry Sanders. Jennings left in the first half of Wednesday night's 113-103 overtime loss at Orlando with a sore left Achilles and didn't return. Sanders had a sore lower back after taking a hard fall against the Magic.

Atlanta's Kyle Korver opened the game with a 3-pointer, extending his streak of consecutive games with a 3 to 72, the fourth-longest in NBA history. Korver added another 3 to give Atlanta a 12-5 lead.

The Bucks then answered with their 3-point barrage. Ilyasova made back-to-back 3s to start an 11-2 run that gave Milwaukee the 16-14 lead.

The Bucks made 11 of 18 3-pointers in the first half, including 5 of 6 by Ilyasova, to take a 54-40 lead at halftime.

Hawks coach Larry Drew called a timeout 58 seconds into the second half after a 3-pointer by J.J. Redick and a tip-in by John Henson pushed the Bucks lead to 19 points.

The Hawks responded with a 12-0 run, including nine straight points by Harris, and kept the deficit in single figures the remainder of the third quarter.

Redick and Ish Smith each scored 10 points for the Bucks.

NOTES: The Bucks made 17 of 33 3-pointers. ... Atlanta outscored Milwaukee 62-30 in the paint. ... The Hawks completed their first season sweep (4-0) of the Bucks since 1996-97. ... One game after posting 25 rebounds with 17 points at Orlando, Henson had eight points and eight rebounds while making the fill-in start for Sanders. ... Harris received the Jason Collier Memorial Trophy before the game in honor of the late Hawks center who was 28 when he died in 2005 of problems caused by an enlarged heart.

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