Surely the Bucks couldn’t keep up their 3-point barrage.
They did not.
The Hawks erased a 19-point third-quarter deficit en route to a dramatic 109-104 victory over the Bucks Friday night at Philips Arena. The Bucks built the large lead thanks to 11 first-half 3-pointers.
The Hawks, now fifth in the Eastern Conference, used a 23-10 run to start the fourth quarter to turn the deficit completely around. Devin Harris hit a deep 3-pointer at the shot clock buzzer to pull the Hawks within two points, 92-90. A Jeff Teague layup with 5:16 remaining tied the score. An Al Horford alley-oop dunk on an assist from Teague gave the Hawks the lead for good with 4:41 remaining to cap the frenzied comeback. The Hawks built an eight-point advantage of their own in the final minutes.
“If there is one thing for sure with this team, we will never make it easy,” coach Larry Drew said. “We are just one of those team where we have our moments. The first half wasn’t a very good half. To be perfectly honest, coming in at halftime some case I would go in there and rant and rave. I just had the weirdest feeling about this game as far as we were concerned.
“… I really thought we could come back and play the way we are accustomed to playing. There was a lot of basketball to be played and I told our players I had all the confidence in the world we would get it together.”
The Hawks (44-36) won their second straight game and completed a season-series sweep of the Bucks. The four victories came by a combined 19 points.
With the victory, coupled with a Bulls loss to the Raptors, the Hawks moved into sole possession of fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings. They lead the Bulls by a half-game. The Hawks have two regular-season games remaining. The Bulls have three left.