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The bench came up big for the short-handed Hawks in their 117-87 pounding of the Bucks on Friday night.

Flip Murray led the Atlanta reserves on 11 of 13 shooting, eclipsing his previous best of 21 points and a big improvement on his two previous games, when he combined to hit only eight of 26 shots from the field. Maurice Evans added 18 points.

Marvin Williams returned to the Atlanta lineup after missing two games with a concussion, chipping in with 11 points and nine rebounds. The Hawks were still without center Al Horford , who missed his seventh game in a row with a bone bruise to his right knee and isn't likely to return for another week.

SHOW OF SUPPORT

Hawks coach Mike Woodson campaigned for Joe Johnson to make his third consecutive All-Star Game appearance before Friday night's game.

"There's no doubt that Joe should be an All-Star," the coach said. "His numbers are as consistent as anybody's: scoring, rebounding, assists, steals. He's done everything for us."


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