Rally saves Hawks

Atlanta 99, Milwaukee 94
Atlanta forward Josh Smith reaches for a rebound over Milwaukee's Ersan Ilyasova. The Hawks opened the fourth quarter with a 15-3 run to take the lead Friday night.

ATLANTA — Vladimir Radmanovic made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 11.9 seconds remaining as the Atlanta Hawks rallied in the final period to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 99-94 on Friday night.


Jannero Pargo scored 11 points, all in the fourth quarter. The Hawks, playing without leading scoring Joe Johnson, leaned on their reserves, including veterans Tracy McGrady and Jerry Stackhouse, in the final period.

The Bucks, led by Brandon Jennings’ 34 points, were ahead by 15 in the third quarter. Atlanta pulled ahead with a 15-3 run to open the final period.

McGrady, Pargo and Radmanovic hit 3-pointers in the run that gave Atlanta its first lead since the second quarter.

Drew Gooden, who had 24 points and 10 rebounds, hit two free throws with 1:16 remaining for a 92-92 tie. Josh Smith answered with a jam before Ersan Ilyasova scored on a tip-in for a 94-94 tie. Radmanovic took a pass from McGrady and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer.

After Smith blocked a shot by Gooden, Stack­house made two free throws to add to the lead.

Smith had 24 points and 19 rebounds.

The Bucks, led by Jennings, closed the first half with a 13-2 run to lead 51-39 at the break. Jennings started the run with back-to-back 3-pointers. After stealing a pass from Smith, Jennings then added a running layup to cap his personal 8-0 run.

The Hawks cut the lead to 69-65 late in the third period before Jennings took over again, sinking two 3-pointers while scoring seven straight points to push the lead to 76-65.

Kirk Hinrich made his second start for Atlanta, joining Jeff Teague in Atlanta’s backcourt.


The Hawks will be without All-Star guard Joe Johnson for at least one more game. After missing two games and the All-Star Game because of tendinitis in his left knee, Johnson returned to lead Atlanta with 18 points in Wednesday night’s 85-82 loss to Golden State. Johnson’s knee was stiff after playing more than 37 minutes. He did not play Friday night.

The Hawks will also be short-handed at shooting guard. Backup Willie Green did not play against the Bucks after leaving Wednesday night’s game with lower back spasms and will miss at least one more game.

– Associated Press



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