Originally created 04/03/02

Hawks 100, Bucks 92



ATLANTA -- DerMarr Johnson scored a career-high 28 points, and Jason Terry added 19 as the Atlanta Hawks beat Milwaukee 100-92 Tuesday night to send the Bucks to their seventh straight road loss.

The game was delayed 28 minutes in the fourth quarter because of a power failure. The Hawks were leading 82-78 with 7:28 remaining when most of the overhead lights went out at Philips Arena.

The Bucks, tied with Charlotte and Philadelphia for the fifth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, have dropped four of five and 12 of 17. They were coming off a 30-point loss at Boston on Sunday, their worst of the season.

Bucks coach George Karl, whose team was playing its sixth straight game without leading scorer Ray Allen, seemed to concede the outcome with 1:53 remaining as he pulled Sam Cassell, Glenn Robinson, Tim Thomas and Anthony Mason.

The Hawks snapped a five-game losing streak to the Bucks and a three-game skid overall.

Milwaukee took a 16-point lead in the first after 25-5 run that ended with Robinson's 3-pointer. But Terry and Shareef Abdur-Rahim, who combined to miss their first 11 shots, turned things around late in the second.

Atlanta trailed 42-39 when Greg Anthony was called for a technical foul with 2:31 left in the second. Terry hit the ensuing free throw and a 20-foot jumper before Abdur-Rahim's lay-in gave the Hawks their first lead since the 8:37 mark of the first.

Johnson scored 12 points in the third quarter and was 5-for-8 on 3-pointers overall. The score was tied at 44 entering the third before Atlanta went on a 31-15 run that ended with Alan Henderson's lay-in.

Thomas was uncertain if he'd play after re-straining his right knee Sunday, but scored 14 points and was 4-for-7 on 3-point attempts.

Robinson and Cassell each scored 20 points for Milwaukee, which never drew closer than 82-78 in the fourth after Thomas' 3.

Notes: Arena officials said a power surge caused the power failure. ... Allen, out with left knee tendinitis and a stomach virus, did not travel. He will try to play in Wednesday's home game against Washington. ... Bucks guard Michael Redd, missing his fourth straight game with a sprained left knee, is eligible to return from the injured list Friday at Miami. ... The Bucks won the season series 3-1 and haven't lost a season series to Atlanta since 1997-98. ... A 14-point first quarter matched a season low and gave the Hawks their lowest first quarter at home since a 13-point effort in last year's season-opening loss to Charlotte.