ATLANTA unleashed a second quarter blitz to build a big enough lead and survived a late run by Milwaukee as the Hawks beat the Bucks, 107-100, to nab their sixth straight win on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time) at the Philips Arena.
Trailing 21-26 after one quarter, the Hawks held the Bucks scoreless until the 5:50 mark of the second period, while outscoring Milwaukee 31-9 in the frame to take a 52-35 lead at the half.
Atlanta built its biggest lead at 24 in the third quarter but Milwaukee stormed back in the fourth, cutting the gap down to three at the 6:24 mark. Giannis Antetokounmpo kept the Bucks in the game with 37 ticks left after his dunk got them close, 98-102, but Paul Millsap answered with a dagger of a jumper in the next play to seal the win.
Millsap led the Hawks, now sharing the top spot in the East with the Cavs sporting the same 9-2 card, with 21 points. Mike Muscala started for the injured Dwight Howard and finished with 16 markers. Tim Hardaway Jr had 13, while Dennis Schroder and Kent Bazemore added 12 apiece.
Antetokounmpo had a big double-double with 26 points and 15 rebounds for the Bucks, who have lost three of their last four to fall to 5-5. Jabari Parker added 23 markers for Milwaukee.