- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 26, 2008

ATLANTA (AP) - Al Horford scored 21 points and converted a key three-point play to protect a late lead, leading the Atlanta Hawks to a 102-96 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.

Atlanta led by only two points when Horford’s three-point play pushed the lead to 94-89 with 1:48 remaining. Flip Murray’s 3-pointer with 54 seconds left made it 99-91.

The Bucks had to foul and hope the Hawks missed their free throws the rest of the way.

The Hawks have won three of four after losing four straight. Atlanta was ahead most of the game but neither team led by double figures.

Richard Jefferson scored 25 points for Milwaukee and rookie Ramon Sessions had 21. But reserve Charlie Villanueva, who had 19 points in 22 minutes, was the Bucks’ only other scorer in double figures.

The Hawks had better balance, with five scorers in double figures.

Marvin Williams and Mike Bibby each scored 18 points for Atlanta. Murray had 16 points. Joe Johnson added 15 points and nine assists.

The Hawks led by four after one quarter, settled for a 48-48 halftime tie, and again led by four at 71-67 entering the final period. Atlanta’s biggest lead was nine points.

Notes:@ Milwaukee C Andrew Bogut was held out after bruising his knee in Monday’s loss at Orlando. Dan Gadzuric was the fill-in starter and had six points and three rebounds. … G Luke Ridnour returned after missing a game with a knee injury. … Hawks coach Mike Woodson said F Josh Smith, who missed his 10th straight game with a sprained left ankle, could return next week.

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