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Hawks beat Milwaukee
Posted By John Morgo On Dec 27 2010 @ 10:32 pm In Atlanta Hawks | No Comments
I’ll try to keep this short, as I’m in Atlanta. The reason for my brevity should be obvious. Of course, I couldn’t be short if I tried, so we’ll see how successful I am.
It’s a very busy night for the Atlanta sports fans. Georgia Tech kicked things off with the Independence Bowl in Shreveport. The Jackets lost to Air Force, 14-7. That was an appetizer for the main event, tonight’s MNF game between the Falcons and Saints. The third quarter just started with the Falcons behind 10-7. I went into why this was so important in my post yesterday. So far, I’m doing a good job keeping it short.
That leads us to the Hawks-Bucks game, easily the forgotten game in this series. It’s a shame. The Hawks won, 95-80 with another good game from Al Horford, who had 18. Atlanta took a big lead in the early going, briging to mind last night, when they couldn’t hold a similar edge over the Hornets. I was pretty sure this lead would collapse too – factoring in the travel and the back-to-back games. When the Bucks started to cut into that lead, I was sure it would happen.
But I was wrong, and I can admit it.
Atlanta turned up the defensive pressure in the fourth quarter, holding the Bucks to 13 points and 25% shooting (37% for the whole game). It was like New Orleans taught them a lesson: Make sure you have enough gas to force bad shots and crash the offensive glass. It was a good outing. The only question is if they can maintain for a grueling West Coast swing that starts after the Warriors visit Atlanta Wednesday.
Two quick notes before I get back to MNF. The win snapped a five-game losing streak, and rookie Pape Sy will report to Utah in the D-League, where he can actually play. I kept it under 400 words. It’s not ready for Twitter, but it’s a start.
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