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Bucks blow 24-point lead, but recover to beat Hawks

Jan 11, 2023; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Dejounte Murray (5) shoots over Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday (21) in the first quarter at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Jrue Holiday scored 27 points and Brook Lopez added 20 points and 12 rebounds to help the visiting Milwaukee Bucks hold off the Atlanta Hawks 114-105 on Wednesday.

Atlanta came back from a 24-point second-half deficit and took a 103-101 lead on a Bogdan Bogdanovic basket with 3:12 left. But Milwaukee responded with a 10-0 run – including four points from Holiday and a 3-pointer by Lopez — to regain the lead and put it away.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a season-low seven points but added 18 rebounds and 10 assists. Bobby Portis and Jevon Carter each scored 13.

The Bucks have won four of their last five and split their season series with the Hawks at 2-2 in their final regular-season meeting. Milwaukee ended its four-game losing streak at Atlanta.

Atlanta played without leading scorer Trae Young, who was sidelined with a non-COVID illness. The Hawks got 22 points from Bogdanovic, 16 points and nine rebounds from De’Andre Hunter, 15 points and seven rebounds from John Collins and a season-high 13 points from Frank Kaminsky.

Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen sprained his ankle in the first half and did not return.

The Bucks opened by scoring the first 13 points, going 9 for 14 on 3-pointers in the first quarter and taking a 39-19 lead. Atlanta got as close as 13 points in the second, only to have Milwaukee go on a 12-2 run near the end of the quarter to increase its lead to 67-46 at halftime.

Atlanta outscored the Bucks 36-22 in the third quarter, cutting the lead to 89-82 on a driving basket by Aaron Holiday with 5.1 seconds left.

Milwaukee completes its four-game road trip with a pair of games at Miami on Thursday and Saturday. Atlanta begins a two-game road trip Friday in Indiana.

–Field Level Media