Glenn Robinson elevates for two of his 23 points against his former team.
Robinson scored 23 points in his first game against Milwaukee, and Jason Terry added 19 as the Atlanta Hawks beat the Bucks 98-80 Thursday night.
Robinson was traded to Atlanta in the offseason after eight seasons in Milwaukee, where he was part of the "big three'' with Ray Allen and Sam Cassell. But after the Bucks reached the Eastern Conference finals two years ago, they fell to 41-41 and missed the playoffs.
Earlier in the season, Allen had been critical of his former teammate, calling Robinson a "ball hog,'' and Robinson responded by saying Allen was a "little punk.'' But the pair met Wednesday and hashed out any differences, even though they hardly spoke on the court.
"Glenn didn't have much to say,'' Allen said. "In his mind, I attacked him. I explained it to him. I apologized to him. We have an understanding.''
Actually, most of the conversation Robinson had on the court was
simply good-natured trash talk with Cassell.
"Sam was telling me my bark was loud but my bite wasn't vicious,'' said Robinson, whose nickname is "Big Dog.''
"I just told him not to come to the hole, because if he came to the hole, I was going to get a flagrant foul.''
"Theo was terrific,'' Atlanta coach Lon Kruger said. "Defensively, he rebounded the ball, and helped finish some plays on offense. It was the first game in a while that he really felt well.''
Tim Thomas had 17 points for Milwaukee, and Allen, who came off
the injured list before the game, scored 16. Cassell played only 31
minutes after injuring his hip in the first half and scored 13, laboring mightily after the break and leaving for good with more than three minutes left.
"I'm living,'' Cassell said about the injury. "It slowed me down. We'll see how it feels. It's not going to get any easier.''
The Bucks lost for the fifth time in seven games.
They took their first lead of the second half on two free throws by Thomas halfway through the third quarter, and Anthony Mason added a layup to make it 67-63. But Atlanta went on an 18-2 run that stretched into the fourth, with Newble making two open jumpers and adding two free throws.
Milwaukee closed within 81-74, but the Hawks quickly stretched the margin back into double digits and coasted from there.
"The probing and the dribbling and the lack of passing in the second half slowed us down,'' Milwaukee coach George Karl said. "We never got any of our horses in the game.''
Robinson shook hands and exchanged hugs with all the Bucks'
starters before the game -- Allen didn't start -- and then made a
point of talking with Karl during halftime. Despite the buildup to
the matchup, Robinson wasn't nervous.
"I ain't never nervous to go out and play my game,'' he said.
"The incentive was to go out and beat my old team, and we went out
there and got the job done.''
The Bucks fell to 2-8 on the road. ... Milwaukee is in the
middle of an 11-game stretch against only Central Division
opponents. ... Hawks G Emanual Davis missed the game with the flu.
... Newble went flying over the Milwaukee bench in the third
quarter trying to catch an errant pass, and he tumbled into the
first row. He wasn't injured.