ATLANTA (AP) -- Ray Allen waited patiently for the game to come to him, and when it did, he took advantage.
Sam Cassell, Anthony Mason and reserve Jason Caffey added 17
apiece for the Bucks, who handed the Hawks their sixth straight
loss. Milwaukee, which beat Orlando on Friday night, has now swept
its past three back-to-backs.
"I wasn't finding the rhythm early, I was trying to force the rhythm," said Allen, who shot just 2-for-5 in the first quarter. "The game always gravitates toward me, and I just have to pick and choose my spots."
The Bucks, who trailed by 15 at the end of the first quarter,
won for the 11th time after trailing by more than 10 points. They
shot 52 percent and finished with their highest point total since
scoring 119 in the opener against Utah.
"We were concerned when we got down 15, we'd be lying if we said we weren't," Mason said. "But we kept our head and our poise, and when we got back into the game, we make a good run to take control."
Michael Redd scored 14 points and helped Milwaukee's reserves
outscore Atlanta's substitutes 44-17.
"They led the turnaround and got us back in the game," Bucks coach George Karl said. "They energized us."
"We don't want to get our heads too far down," Terry said.
"This is the NBA. We have to live to fight another day."
Atlanta, which led for most of the first three quarters, took
its last lead on Dion Glover's layup early in the fourth. But Allen
hit a 3-pointer to put Milwaukee back in front.
The Hawks later tied the game at 92 on two free throws by Jason
Terry, but the Bucks seized control with a 13-2 run. Caffey started
the surge with two free throws and added an alley-oop dunk. Cassell
scored six straight points to finish off the outburst, giving the
Bucks a 105-97 lead.
Mohammed dominated the first half, getting 16 points and 11
rebounds. He had been in a slump, averaging just 6.2 points in a
12-game stretch earlier this month.
"I'm not really doing anything different than I have been
doing," Mohammed said. "I'm trying to get every rebound I can."
Milwaukee forward Glenn Robinson missed his 11th straight
game with a bruised thigh. ... The Hawks scored a season-high 40
points in the first quarter. ... Bucks guard Michael Redd lost a
shoe on a drive to the basket in the first quarter and played
without it for about a minute, including one stint on defense.
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