Bucks beat Hawks to snap four-game losing streak

ATLANTA (AP) -- Michael Redd never lost confidence in his
teammates. He just wanted to make sure they didn't get used to

Redd scored 21 points and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Atlanta
Hawks 99-89 Saturday night to snap a four-game losing streak and
remain in playoff contention in the eighth and final spot in the

The Bucks, who had lost seven straight on the road, overcame a
14-point second quarter deficit.

"You don't want to get used to losing. We're still in the
hunt," Redd said. "We needed a win real bad. We stopped the

Redd said the Bucks put more defensive pressure on the Hawks
after the first period when Atlanta made 11 of 16 shots to take a
30-22 lead.

"We put our press on. That was a good move. It worked and got
us back in game," he said.

Al Harrington led Atlanta with 22 points. He scored two straight
baskets to give the Hawks a five-point lead early in the fourth
quarter but they couldn't hold off the Bucks. Bobby Simmons made a
3-pointer to give Milwaukee the lead for good at 79-76 with just
over 7 minutes left.

"We started hot, but couldn't maintain it," Atlanta's Josh
Smith said. "We got tired and couldn't sustain our defensive
intensity. They wore us down and killed us on the glass in the
second half."

The Bucks outrebounded the Hawks 46-36, 30-18 in the second

Milwaukee (28-28), which fell under .500 for the first time
Friday night in a 116-111 loss to Philadelphia, upped its lead to
88-81 on a 3-pointer by Redd with 4 minutes left and the Hawks
never got closer than three points the rest of the way.

"It was a tough game. And we pressed for 36 minutes,"
Milwaukee coach Terry Stotts said. "In the fourth game in five
nights, to show commitment to winning a game we needed to have, the
guys showed a lot of heart and character."

Joe Smith, who scored a season-high 32 points Friday night,
added 16 and 11 rebounds for the Bucks. T.J. Ford had 14 points,
Simmons and Gadzuric had 13 apiece and Bell 12.

Atlanta (17-37) also had six players in double figures. Zaza
Pachulia had 17 points, Smith and Josh Childress both had 13, Joe
Johnson had 12 and Marvin Williams 10. Smith led the Hawks with 11

The Hawks led 68-67 after three periods.

"That zone and press slowed our tempo down," Childress said.
"It left us kind of standing around with the ball."

Game notes
Childress threw in a shot from just shy of half court in
the opening minutes of the second period, but it didn't count. He
had been fouled about a second earlier. ... Redd hit on six of six
free throws and has made 33 in a row and 51-of-52 in his last nine
games. ... Atlanta opened the season 2-16 and has split its last 12
games. ... The Bucks won the only previous game between the teams,
118-102 on Jan. 20 in Atlanta. The two remaining games are in