With their backs against the wall, the Atlanta Hawks came out swinging against the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 6 of their first-round match up on Friday, April 30. Atlanta used a huge run in the third quarter to beat Milwaukee 83-69 and force Game 7.

Atlanta outscored Milwaukee 29-11 in the third quarter after Milwaukee made only three shots in the quarter on 17 attempts. Fresh off winning the Sixth Man of the Year Award as the league’s best bench player, Atlanta guard Jamal Crawford led all scorers with 24 points while handing out five assists. Milwaukee guards John Salmons and rookie sensation Brandon Jennings combined for 20 points on a woeful six-of-28 shooting.
Salmons and Jennings have been the catalysts in Milwaukee’s three wins but, as has been the case in each of the team’s three losses, when they struggle, Milwaukee struggles. Atlanta had been 1-9 in their last ten road games before their Game 6 win. Milwaukee hopes to advance to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2000.

Game 7 is scheduled for Sunday, May 2 at Atlanta’s Phillips Arena.


Stephen D. Riley

Special to the AFRO