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Bucks Even Series, Beat Hawks for Second Straight

The Milwaukee Bucks have drawn even with the Atlanta Hawks to bring the series at 2-2, after winning their second game in a row.

Carlos Delfino tabbed six 3-pointers on the night to help propel the Bucks to an even series, with a 111-104 victory, as the Hawks find themselves from being up 2-0, to a battle the rest of the way.

“I still feel like there’s no pressure on us,” said Milwaukee’s Brandon Jennings said. “At the end of the day, everybody still expects us to lose the series. The best thing we can do right now is just keep fighting, keep competing with them and just see how everything goes. Hopefully we can go over there and steal one.”

Delfino finished the night with 22 points, Jennings led the Bucks with 23 points.  It was a well rounded effort with John Salmons contributing 22 points. The Bucks had a great night from the free-throw line, knocking down 28 of 32 shots from the charity stripe.

The Hawks performed a comeback in the fourth quarter to try and take a deciding 3-1 advantage behind 29 points from Joe Johnson and 20 points from Josh Smith. Jamal Crawford came off of the bench and put up 21 points.

The Series however shifts back to Atlanta for Game 5, with the Hawks looking to stop the bleeding from Game 3 and Game 4.

“It’s very frustrating, man,” Johnson remarked in a post-game interview. “We just don’t have the toughness. They are getting all the loose balls, all the big rebounds. We can’t get stops when we need to and it’s killing us.”

The theme continued for the Hawks on the road, losing yet again.  It was something that they struggled with during the regular season as well.

“Somehow we’ve got to get our defensive mojo back where we’re defending and rebounding and running up and down the floor,” said Atlanta coach Mike Woodson in a post-game interview. “And come Wednesday we’ll get that opportunity.”

It is still a mystery to the to team as to their success at home versus on the road.

“I wish I knew,” Crawford said after the game. “I wish I could figure it out. We’re two totally different teams. I think it’s been like that in the past for this team. We play well at home, we feed off the crowd, but you can’t play every game at home. We have to figure this out. That’s what winners do, that’s what champions do.”

The Hawks will get a chance however to get a game up on the Bucks in Game 5 when they play at home in Phillips Arena.

The Hawks sport 35/1 odds on Online Sportsbooks, while the Bucks are sitting at a distant 150/1 to win the 2010 NBA Championship.


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