Van Horn went 13-of-14 from the free throw line and added 11
rebounds and four steals.
"It was an ugly game," he said. "I thought we played much
better defensively. Offensively, we moved the ball and played
together, but we weren't shooting the ball as well. Our defense is
what carried us and that's what we needed to do."
Milwaukee led the entire second half. Atlanta got within seven
points when Bobby Sura scored to cut the deficit to 83-76 with 4:50
remaining. But the Hawks would score just four more points, and
Milwaukee regained control with a 9-1 run over the next three
"It wasn't our best game of the year," coach Terry Porter
said. "But it's a win. It wasn't pretty, but we'll dress it up a
Atlanta's Stephen Jackson, who had scored at least 15 points in
his previous 23 games, had 11 against Milwaukee on 3-for-12
Atlanta, which lost its fourth game in a row and seventh
straight on the road, was led by Jason Terry's 20 points. He also
had eight rebounds and a team-high six assists.
"I thought early in the second half we had a lot of good looks
that we didn't knock down," coach Terry Stotts said. "That kind
of took a little wind out of our sails, I thought. If we would have
made some of those, it would have changed the complexion of the
The closest Atlanta got in the second half was 56-54 on a basket
by Crawford with 5:23 left in the third quarter. Milwaukee
outscored the Hawks 14-7 to take a 70-61 lead into the fourth
"We had good chances and we tried to stay around until the
end," Crawford said. "But they made some buckets down the stretch
and made some stops for the win."
The shot clock above one of the baskets did not work, so a
portable one was set up on the baseline near Milwaukee's bench. ...
Milwaukee began a four-game homestand after playing its previous
four on the road. ... The Bucks have won 10 of their last 11 home
games against Atlanta. The only loss came Nov. 18. ... Atlanta is
7-26 on the road, including 2-10 against the Central Division. ...
Atlanta outscored Milwaukee's bench 11-0 in the first quarter and
had just one turnover in the first half. The Hawks, however, made
just four field goals in the second quarter.