Bucks falter late, fall to Hawks

Bucks falter late, fall to Hawks

Published Mar. 13, 2014 10:55 p.m. ET

ATLANTA (AP) -- Kyle Korver scored 12 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter to help Atlanta beat the Milwaukee Bucks 102-97 Thursday night for the Hawks' first back-to-back victories in nearly six weeks.

Jeff Teague added 22 points, including eight in the final period when the struggling teams traded the lead several times.

The Hawks went ahead for good when Korver's 3-pointer gave them a 90-89 edge with 2:15 left.

Both teams entered the contest having lost 14 of their previous 16 games. The Hawks (28-35) have plummeted to the No. 8 spot in the Eastern Conference standings. They lead the surging Knicks (26-40), who have won five in a row, by 3 games for the final playoff spot.


Brandon Knight and Ersan Ilyasova scored 20 points each for Milwaukee (13-52), which has the worst record in the NBA. Ilyasova also had 10 rebounds.

After trailing 53-47 at halftime, the Hawks took a 68-67 lead by closing the third quarter with a 9-0 run during which they made four straight shots.

Atlanta was just 5 for 18 in the first 9:42 of the period, but Milwaukee struggled from start to finish, shooting 4 for 21 in the quarter.

Korver had just three points through three quarters, making one of his two shots.

He heated up in the last period, making 3 of 4 from the field -- including 2 of 3 from beyond the arc -- and 4 of 4 from the free throw line.

Moments after Korver's long ball moved Atlanta ahead, Milwaukee's Khris Middleton stepped out of bounds at the other end, and Teague came back with an 18-footer.

Teague's thunderous driving dunk down the lane with 27 seconds to go prompted an eruption by the Philips Arena crowd, and all but finished off the Bucks as Atlanta's lead grew to 96-89 through the Hawks' 9-0 run.

The game marked the return to Atlanta for Bucks head coach Larry Drew, who coached the Hawks from 2010-13 before he was not asked back to finish out his contract.