Robinson scored 32 points, including 16 in the third quarter on
four 3-pointers and two long jumpers, as Milwaukee overcame Allen's
absence to beat the Atlanta Hawks 107-97 Wednesday night.
Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 28 points, 11 rebounds and six assists
for the Hawks, while Jason Terry added 24 points and six assists.
But Atlanta shot below 50 percent from the field for the 15th
Allen missed his third straight game for Milwaukee with
tendinitis in his left knee. He had started 388 consecutive games
before sitting out.
While Allen rests, Robinson has averaged 30.3 points, nine above
his season average. Allen was leading the team with 21.4 ppg before
"You have to realize that's 20 points we're missing, so you
have to make it up somewhere," Robinson said after making 12 of 23
shots from the floor. "Whether it comes to me scoring some or
somebody else helping out from the bench, we have to have it from
Michael Redd, who played only 35 minutes as a rookie last
season, made his third consecutive start for Allen and had 17
points and a career-high 11 rebounds in 30 minutes. He finished
with six offensive rebounds.
Bucks reserve Tim Thomas had 16 points, nine rebounds and three
steals, while Darvin Ham had a career-high 14 points, including
eight in the fourth, and seemed to spark the team's defensive
effort late in the game.
"We've got to come in, dive on the floor, set the tone for the
game if it already hasn't been set," Ham said, referring to the
reserves' role. "Do whatever we have to do."
Thomas hit a jumper and Ham made consecutive dunks before Thomas
hit a free throw that made it 97-90 with 4:34 left, and the Bucks
were in control the rest of the way.
Sam Cassell had 12 points and 11 assists for Milwaukee. He was
only 5-for-14 from the floor.
"They have a lot of guys who can score," Hawks coach Lon
Krueger said. "Certainly, they miss Ray Allen, but other guys
stepped up tonight."
Abdur-Rahim had given the Hawks, who had held an 11-point lead
in the first half, one last chance as he and Terry keyed a 13-2 run
that tied the game at 90 with 6:07 left. Abdur-Rahim had five
points and Terry added four, but it wasn't enough as Milwaukee beat
Atlanta for the second time this season.
"I liked our start, but we didn't finish," Krueger said.
"They had control in the second half."
Robinson sparked an 18-9 run with his fourth 3-pointer of the
third quarter and Ham capped it with a layup as the Bucks took an
88-77 lead with 9:46 to play.
Robinson's first 3-pointer gave Milwaukee its first lead of the
game at 60-59 with 9:08 left in the third.
Abdur-Rahim had 10 points in the first quarter as the Hawks
exploited poor shooting by the Bucks. Milwaukee missed eight of its
first nine shots and trailed 26-19 heading into the second.
Game notes The Bucks are reluctant to put Allen, their leading scorer,
on the injured list because he would miss a minimum of five games.
Allen hurt his knee during Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals
last season. ... The Bucks have just four home games in the next 14
contests. ... Milwaukee has scored 100 or more points in six
straight games. In the previous 19 games, they had scored 100 or
more just five times. ... The Bucks are 12-0 when they are ahead or
tied after three quarters. Milwaukee led 82-75 heading into the
fourth. ... George Karl is 11-2 against the Hawks since he became
the Bucks' coach. ... The Bucks had their ninth sellout.