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Hawks wiggle out of road woes in Milwaukee, oust Bucks

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Nov 14, 2022; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) defends against Atlanta Hawks forward Jalen Johnson (1) in the second quarter at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports

De’Andre Hunter scored a season-high 24 points, and the Atlanta Hawks ended a nine-game losing streak in Milwaukee, beating the Bucks 121-106 on Monday.

It was the second time the Hawks have beaten Milwaukee this season and marked the first home loss for the Bucks. Two of Milwaukee’s three losses this season have come against Atlanta.

Hunter made a pair of 3-pointers and was 10-for-10 at the line, and Trae Young added 21 points and nine assists. Clint Capela added 19 points and 10 rebounds.

“We knew this game was going to be hard from the get-go,” Capela said. “We knew we had to come out aggressive and ready to go.”

Milwaukee was led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, who had 27 points — 11 of them at the line — and eight rebounds. MarJon Beauchamp had a season-high 20 points. Bobby Portis came off the bench for 14 points and 10 rebounds.

The Hawks had not won in Milwaukee since Dec. 9, 2016. The clubs will complete their series on Jan. 11, 2023, in Atlanta.

Atlanta led by as many as 18 points. Milwaukee got as close as nine points on a basket by Portis with 3:12 left, but Atlanta went on an 8-2 run and put the game away.

The Hawks shot 56.2 percent from the floor in the first half and had a 63-50 lead at the break, with Young scoring 14 points. Milwaukee was able to stay close because of its success on free throws. The Bucks were 17-for-24 at the line, with the Hawks going 6-for-6.

Milwaukee got Antetokounmpo back after he missed two games with left knee soreness. Grayson Allen (flu) returned after missing the last game and Beauchamp played despite a bruised right calf. But Jrue Holiday missed his third straight game with a right ankle sprain.

Atlanta returns home on Wednesday to play Boston. Milwaukee hosts Cleveland on Wednesday.

–Field Level Media