Al Horford's lay in with just over five seconds remaining proved to be the difference in the Atlanta Hawks' 103-102 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. The Hawks finished the game on a 10-2 run to open their six-game road trip with a victory.
Brandon Jennings forced an Atlanta timeout with a steal and a jumper that put the Bucks up 100-93 with 3:30 remaining. Atlanta cut the lead to just one with back-to-back triples from Devin Harris and Josh Smith. Al Horford put the Hawks up 101-100 as he slammed down a lob pass from Smith with 1:28 remaining.
Milwaukee wouldn't go away as Monta Ellis once again put Milwaukee back in front with a driving layup over Smith's outstretched arm with just 10 seconds remaining. Atlanta has excelled in scoring out of time out situations and Larry Drew went with a familiar play to Al Horford. Devin Harris inbounded the ball to Horford who faked the hand off back to Harris and backed his way to the basket and scored on a hook over Milwaukee's Larry Sanders putting the Hawks up 103-102 with just over five seconds remaining. With Milwaukee out of timeouts, Ellis pushed the ball up the court but his runner was long giving the Hawks the victory.
Horford led the way for the Hawks with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Jeff Teague also finished with 23 points and threw in a team-high nine assists. Devin Harris came up big in the fourth for Atlanta and finished with 21 points on 7-11 shooting. Josh Smith logged a double-double of his own with 15 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and three steals. Zaza Pachulia scored just three points but grabbed 11 rebounds including a franchise record seven offensive boards in one quarter.
Ersan Ilyasova led the Bucks with 19 points while J.J. Redick scored 16 off the bench in his Milwaukee debut. Ellis added 14 while Larry Sanders finished with 12 points and 19 rebounds. Brandon Jennings and John Henson finished with 11 points each.
Atlanta improves to 31-23 on the season and keeps the pressure on Chicago and Brooklyn in the Eastern Conference standings. The Hawks will continue their road trip on Monday in Detroit with a matchup against the Pistons.