Friday, April 30, 2010
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Gwinnett Daily Post
MILWAUKEE -- Jamal Crawford broke out of a slump with 24 points, Joe Johnson added 22 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Milwaukee Bucks 83-69 on Friday night to force a seventh game in the first-round series.
Game 7 is Sunday in Atlanta.
Carlos Delfino scored 20 for the Bucks, who came into the game hoping to finish off their heavily favored opponent but instead went completely flat coming out of halftime. The Hawks outscored the Bucks 29-11 in the third quarter to take a 15-point lead.
Milwaukee made a furious comeback attempt in the last 6 minutes, cutting the lead to 7 with just over 5 minutes left, but Josh Smith's block on John Salmons with just over 2 minutes remaining helped stop the rally and the Hawks pulled away.
Al Horford had 15 points and 15 rebounds for Atlanta.
It was an off night for two of the Bucks' top offensive threats, Salmons and Brandon Jennings.