After getting shellacked by the Bucks the previous night, the Hawks rebounded their way to a 90-85 win in Milwaukee.
“I think our energy and effort were good coming out of the gate,” said head coach Mike Budenholzer on the team’s response to the 30-point loss on Friday. “I think our hands, our rotations… that’s how you get deflections and turnovers and hopefully you can turn those into points.”
Deflections and turnovers is how the Hawks dominated early, turning Milwaukee’s own success from Friday against them. Atlanta forced two turnovers in the first few minutes, which were pivotal in helping Atlanta start off with a 13-3 lead. The Bucks then engaged themselves on defense, which led to a very sloppy end of the first quarter that once saw the Hawks gain five offensive rebounds on one possession… only for Dennis Schröder to turn the ball over on a bad pass. The first quarter ended with a 21-10 Hawks lead.
The Bucks responded in the second quarter, outscoring Atlanta 27-18 in the period. Milwaukee hit four 3s in the quarter, including one from Jared Dudley, who actually happened to miss shots in this contest. The Bucks had taken a lead in this quarter, but the Hawks closed to the quarter strong to retake the lead into halftime. Continue Reading…