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Bucks hand Hawks third straight loss

Nov 11, 2010 - 3:56 AM Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Corey Maggette scored 20 points off the bench and Brandon Jennings added 19 points and six assists to lead a balanced attack in Milwaukee's 108-91 victory over Atlanta at Philips Arena.

Ersan Ilyasova provided 17 points and 10 boards in a reserve role, while John Salmons supplied 16 points for the Bucks, who have won two in a row and three of their last four.

"This is a whole new season," said Milwaukee center Andrew Bogut in reference to the seven-game post-season series between the two teams last season. "People are going to build this rivalry up because they beat us last year in the playoffs but it is pretty much a whole new team besides Brandon and a few other guys. We haven't been playing good basketball but tonight, we played very tough and got them on a rough night."

Zaza Pachulia scored 16 points off the bench and Al Horford contributed 14 points and six rebounds for the Hawks, who have dropped three in a row after opening the season with six straight wins.

Atlanta made 10-of-16 shots from the field, including 4-of-4 by Horford en route to 10 points, to take a 26-21 lead after the first 12 minutes. The hosts led 26-15 with 1:20 to go in the period before two Maggette jumpers and one from Earl Boykins cut the lead to five.

The bench continued to bring the Bucks back into the game, at one point combining to hit 10-of-13 shots, as they finished off a 21-4 burst to take a 36-30 lead four minutes into the second period . Maggette's three-pointer pushed the Milwaukee lead to 50-38 with 1 1/2 minutes to go before Drew Gooden's driving layup with less than a second left gave Milwaukee a 54-40 advantage at the intermission.

Salmons hit all four of his shots and Jennings made 5-of-9, including three- of-four from long distance, during a 34-point third quarter during which the Bucks shot 14-of-23 to increase their lead to 88-59.

"Our starters have gotten us of to fast starts but I'm not getting the energy from the bench," said Atlanta head coach Larry Drew. "I'll have to go back and look at this game again, evaluate it and see what's going on. As I mentioned, that's the third game this has happened to us. I have to find better combinations to use that can sustain the energy."

A Jennings three-pointer pushed the lead to 63-41 before the second-year guard hit a layup, three-pointer, foul shot and another three-ball on consecutive possessions to extend the margin to 88-58, the largest of the game, with 6.8 ticks to go in the period.

Pachulia scored 14 of his points in the fourth quarter as the Hawks outscored the visitors, 32-20, but never got closer than 15.

Game Notes

The Bucks had lost their prior six visits to Atlanta...Milwaukee has allowed only one opponent, Boston in overtime last Wednesday, to score more than 100 points and were yielding an average of 91.4 points entering this game...The Bucks shot 8-of-15 from three-point territory, while the Hawks were 5- of-13...Milwaukee point guard Carlos Delfino was sidelined with a neck strain...Atlanta point guard Mike Bibby scored nine points to push his career total to 14,008...Hawks forward Marvin Williams did not play as he continues to recover from a bone bruise to his right knee.