Atlanta Hawks: Hawks 99, Bucks 94

Vivlamore reporting from Philips Arena. Here is my updated game story on the Hawks’ win over the Bucks Friday.

The Hawks pulled out a victory they had to have Friday.

Vladimir Radmanovic made a 3-pointer with 11.9 seconds to go to lift the Hawks to a 99-94 victory over the Bucks at Philips Arena.

The score was tied at 92-92 with 1:16 left to play before a Josh Smith dunk and the decisive Radmanovic 3-pointer. Smith blocked a Drew Gooden low-post shot with 7.3 seconds left and the Hawks iced the game at the free-throw line. In the fourth quarter, the Hawks outscored the Bucks 34-18.

The Hawks (21-15), playing without leading scorer Joe Johnson and reserve Willie Green, earned their fifth win the past 14 games.

“The bench came in and did a phenomenal job,” coach Larry Drew said, crediting the play of Radmanovic, Tracy McGrady, Jannero Pargo, Jerry Stackhouse and Ivan Johnson. “I thought they gave us a huge, huge lift. … The energy was unbelievable and I was going to ride those guys to the very end. They got us back in it after we were down by [15 points]. It was clear our energy level in that fourth quarter was what carried us through.”

Smith led the Hawks with 24 points and 19 rebounds. The Hawks improved to 10-0 when Smith scores 20 or more points.

“I was able to sit there and witness a beautiful thing,” Smith said of the bench play. “… To see them close the gap and take the lead. I was just happy to get in the mix of things when I got back in there.”

Jeff Teague and Pargo each scored 11 points. Marvin Williams had 10 points and McGrady had nine points and a season-high 11 rebounds. Radmanovic finished with nine points on 3-of-4 shooting from beyond the 3-point line.

Radmanovic’s game-winner came after McGrady broke down the defense and passed to the open forward, who shot over Luc Mbah a Moute.

“I saw T-Mac trying to get in the paint and usually when guys are trying to penetrate the defense is sucking in and trying to prevent it,” Radmanovic said. “I saw my guy turn his back on me for a second and I just trying to get a shot off.

“I’m not trying to make this heroic. It was just a game we won.”

Brandon Jennings led the Bucks (14-22) with a game-high 34 points. Gooden added 24 points.

The Hawks went on a 12-2 run early in the fourth quarter to trim the Bucks’ once double-digit lead to three points on back-to-back 3-pointers by Radmanovic and McGrady.

After a Jennings’ free throw, Pargo made back-to-back jumpers to give the Hawks an 80-79 lead, their first advantage since they led 35-34 with 4:36 left in the second quarter.

Two more jumpers by Pargo and three consecutive points by Jerry Stackhouse, and the Hawks led by five with just under 4:30 to play. Pargo scored all 11 of his points in the fourth quarter.

“I was disappointed in my effort in the first half,” Pargo said. “I didn’t think I came out defensively with the energy and effort I needed to come out with. The second half was a new start for me. I wanted to come out and be aggressive, particularly on the defensive end. Once you get that going it makes it easy on the offensive end.”

The Bucks closed the first half on a 13-2 run to take a 51-39 lead at the intermission. Jennings scored eight consecutive points, including back-to-back 3-pointers, in 27 seconds of the stretch. The Hawks scored just 12 points in the second quarter — tying their season-low for that quarter.

Turnovers plagued the Hawks in the first half. They had 17 turnovers in the first 24 minutes, just eight off their season-high of 25. They had 21 turnovers by the end of the third quarter and finished with 23.

Smith had 13 points and 12 rebounds in the first half for the Hawks — his 17th double-double of the season. He had 11 points in the first quarter, including two three-point plays.

“I’m starting to see a Josh Smith develop into a very, very true professional,” Drew said. “He has his moments but the things I’m starting to hear from him on the bench talking to the other players is a coaches dream. When he is out there playing with energy at both ends of the floor he makes us a better team.”

The Bucks led by as many as 15 points in the third quarter. The Hawks stormed back and cut the deficit to five points, at 69-64, on a Williams’ 3-pointer. Jennings went right back to work and scored another eight straight points, including two more 3-pointers, to push the lead back to 12 points.

The Hawks conclude a four-game homestand Saturday against the Thunder, with the NBA’s best record, before embarking on a season-long six-game, 10-day road trip.

175 comments Add your comment

Rev in Tampa

March 2nd, 2012
11:07 pm

Hawks win and I get a first?

TMACfan

March 2nd, 2012
11:07 pm

Good Game guys!

#FreeTMAC and WIN!

High-sider

March 2nd, 2012
11:10 pm

Rev in Tampa

March 2nd, 2012
11:12 pm

“I’m starting to see a Josh Smith develop into a very, very true professional,” Drew said. “He has his moments but the things I’m starting to hear from him on the bench talking to the other players is a coaches dream. When he is out there playing with energy at both ends of the floor he makes us a better team.”

HAHAHAHA! The coach is not supposed to brown-nose his players. Drew is scared of Josh.

TMACfan

March 2nd, 2012
11:16 pm

Give credit where credit is due. Josh Smith had a very very good game.

doc

March 2nd, 2012
11:16 pm

oh that was close to being a very ugly game. as i sat there i couldnt believe how un-athletic a team the bucks look like. man, it was like the washington generals were going to beat us was my thought and fear. i was embarrassing to be there for awhile.

we needed that win in a bad way because tomorrow we play conceivably the best team in the nba and a team that is full of tough athletic guys. brandon can go for over 30 what will westbrook do if he is on his game?

congrats to the rev!

doc

March 2nd, 2012
11:18 pm

josh stayed inside and found a few more rebounds because of it and some easy put backs. and he was a very big cheerleader as the guys went ahead trying to energize the crowd. yes give him his due tonight.

High-sider

March 2nd, 2012
11:22 pm

Buddy Grizzard,

After tonight’s game, I may have to retract my statement about Rudy Gay being a better player than Josh Smith. LOL

Simjr

March 2nd, 2012
11:23 pm

Hey Larry! What?

YOUR A DUNCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

Simjr

March 2nd, 2012
11:24 pm

Rudy Gay is avg almost 19 a night! I’ll take Rudy…..

Simjr

March 2nd, 2012
11:28 pm

This was the Bucks with the Great Jon Leuer? Yawn…….

Admirable Snackbar he disappeared like Marvina..The 8 million dollar Cheerleader? Huh?

Wisdom made plain.

March 2nd, 2012
11:29 pm

TGFJosh smoove smith.

Why can we get rid of the Dead weight like Jeff, ” ball hog” “no assists” teague and Al ” I’ll kill myself, before I play defense” horford?

Simjr

March 2nd, 2012
11:30 pm

Slimjr

March 2nd, 2012
11:32 pm

Pargo has got to get 25 to 30 minutes tomorrow!

This guy can play!

Najeh Davenpoop

March 2nd, 2012
11:32 pm

T-Mac and Vlad should get all the minutes at the 3. Marvin should exclusively be the backup PF. Ivan should exclusively be the backup C. Pargo should be the primary backup PG. The end.

Wisdom made plain.

March 2nd, 2012
11:32 pm

The Hawks improved to 10-0 when Smith scores 20 or more points.

TMACfan

March 2nd, 2012
11:35 pm

I have a great idea! Ignore anything that Jon Lueur fan boy says. Sound like a plan? We don’t need the legendary Jon Lueur.

Rusty

March 2nd, 2012
11:36 pm

JT is anything but a ball hog.

TMACfan

March 2nd, 2012
11:40 pm

Keep Jeff Teague in the starting lineup. Keep Pargo in the 2nd unit. Both have there moments. Trade Kirk.

We need to get our old bench back, the one BEFORE Kirk came back.

High-sider

March 2nd, 2012
11:41 pm

D-Wade makes stupid, critical errors late in the game against the Jazz tonight and LeBron [LBJ] refuses to take the last shot to win the game. LBJ passes the ball to the buster Haslem for the game-winner. It was a good pass for a wide open 15 footer. LBJ should have taken that shot. He, LBJ, had made two clutch buckets a few minutes [or a moments] earlier. D-Wade committed two stupid fouls on Devin Harris. One foul was on a three-point attempt and another foul was on a floater which resulted in an “and-1.” D-Wade also missed a free throw that would have put the Heat up by three with about 20 seconds left. D-Wade cost the Heat that game but LBJ will get the most criticism for not taking the last shot.

Slimjr

March 2nd, 2012
11:42 pm

Najeh Davenpoop

March 2nd, 2012
11:32 pm

“T-Mac and Vlad should get all the minutes at the 3. Marvin should exclusively be the backup PF. Ivan should exclusively be the backup C. Pargo should be the primary backup PG. The end.”

Sounds so simple.

Slimjr

March 2nd, 2012
11:43 pm

Simple in a good way.. C’mon Larry put on a strap and man up

Ra'mon

March 2nd, 2012
11:44 pm

I sure hope the Hawks go ahead and trade Josh and Kirk for Garnett and a pick. Can’t wait. I mean the cancer that Josh is on the team, it will be addition by subtraction right? The funny part about tonight is, people don’t realize the playing of T-Mac helped Josh a lot on the inside. The Bucks had no shot blockers, so he was able to score more inside, and felt more comfortable going inside. But I was glad to see on box score (didn’t see game tonight, and doubt I see it tomorrow) that Josh attacked more when his jumper wasn’t falling. He’s going to look great in Celtic green.

Slimjr

March 2nd, 2012
11:44 pm

Lebron is not a closer and he knows it…Hmmmmmmmmmmm

Rod from College Park

March 2nd, 2012
11:46 pm

Rudy Gay is a better offensive player and ball handler than Josh, that’s it.

Ronny

March 2nd, 2012
11:46 pm

I agree JT is anything but a ball handler. letting teague be a starting point guard makes sense….. if you dont think about it. So I try not to think about it. Then I get mad at Larry Drew for playing the guy

Najeh Davenpoop

March 2nd, 2012
11:46 pm

LeBron was doubled, but he wasn’t being guarded that closely to where he shouldn’t have put up the shot. That’s his shot to take. A contested shot from LeBron, especially after he had just hit two impossible 3s, is still a better shot than a mid range jumper from Haslem. LeBron should know better.

Ra'mon

March 2nd, 2012
11:47 pm

Slimjr, ask the Pistons and Bulls if Lebron is a closer. People act like Lebron didn’t hit many game winners in Cleveland. And going 8 for 9 in the 4th quarter, but he isn’t a closer.

Ra'mon

March 2nd, 2012
11:48 pm

Rod, you’re correct. Rudy Gay is better than Josh in two things. And that’s it, lol.

Ra'mon

March 2nd, 2012
11:49 pm

Najeh, so you’re saying Jordan shouldn’t have passed it to Kerr or Paxson? I mean he could have got a shot off.

Slimjr

March 2nd, 2012
11:50 pm

Wade>LeBron at closing out games……

Put the Ball in Wades hands, not Lequeen’s….

Ronny

March 2nd, 2012
11:51 pm

Hinrich or Teague…. Hinrich

TMac or Marvin…. TMac

Al or Josh… LOL JOSH

Walt Frazier

March 2nd, 2012
11:52 pm

LD is just an observer getting paid to coach. A win is a win, but the Bucks victory should have been one that the Hawks should win decisively at least by 10 or more, maybe 20 points. What this tells me is that the Hawks go on the road and lose 6 in a row. The Hawks will be 21 and 21, a 500 team by the end of their road trip.

Slimjr

March 2nd, 2012
11:53 pm

LeBron dont want it dude….Sorry….

Haslem< Steve Kerr on the 15 footer!

Know your personnel ..

Walt Frazier

March 2nd, 2012
11:54 pm

T-Mac was the leader tonight, and LD don’t like that. Look for less minutes for T-Mac.

Slimjr

March 2nd, 2012
11:55 pm

Haslem< Paxon on the 15 footer….

Slimjr

March 2nd, 2012
11:56 pm

T-Mac passing off the dribble is just brilliant! What a baller he is!

Slimjr

March 2nd, 2012
11:58 pm

Paul Pierce 2x> LeBron at taking and making the big shot at the end of games…..

I want a closer…Not a teaser!

LT

March 2nd, 2012
11:58 pm

This all day ~~> “We need to get our old bench back, the one BEFORE Kirk came back”

B'Red

March 3rd, 2012
12:03 am

All around good team game tonight everybody contributed, but they are in for a good a– spanking tomorrow night.

Santiago

March 3rd, 2012
12:03 am

Al horford is Gay, and so is Jeff Teague

Slimjr

March 3rd, 2012
12:06 am

If Larry starts his bench tonight he may make this game respectable…..hehe

High-sider

March 3rd, 2012
12:06 am

LOL @ Slimjr advising LD to put on a strap-on and man up. LMAO

Ra'mon

March 3rd, 2012
12:07 am

Rod, sorry to say this, but I think Marvin is actually better than Kirk. I think both should be benched, and not starting. But think Marvin should make it off the bench before Kirk.

Slimjr

March 3rd, 2012
12:09 am

Watch this brilliant scorer come to Atlanta and just light it up! Only 23 and 6′11.5″ with “2″ guard skills??

Just a freak of nature..A show he puts on indeed. Just think we only missed on him by one pick. Shoot…

Karma

March 3rd, 2012
12:12 am

Interesting.

So.

1) Josh Smith had a truly good game. McGrady had a good one, too.

2) The bench was solid

3)but the Milwaukee Bucks suck

4) Teague got his arse beat by Jennings

5) Josh Smith is featured on trade rumors, most notably with Boston

6) the Hawks will hold on to Josh Smith harder than the troll holds onto his nutz when he hears the names Horford and Teague.

7) The troll will say that anybody disagreeing with him is gay. It’s a ritual.

8) Everybody mentioning Marvin Williams in trade rumors ends the statement with the simple fact that nobody wants his arse.

That is all.

Karma

March 3rd, 2012
12:13 am

LOL @ Slimjr advising LD to put on a strap-on and man up. LMAO

That gives the troll a hard on

High-sider

March 3rd, 2012
12:13 am

means greater than
= means equal to
= means greater than or equal to
%&@!!!*&%)($# means Marvin, you suck

Slimjr

March 3rd, 2012
12:14 am

I saw a Fiska Karma last week up close! What a beaut!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JaeEvolution

March 3rd, 2012
12:16 am

A small morale boost, before our inevitable yearly domination by the Thunder.