When the Milwaukee Bucks went up by 17-points over the Atlanta Hawks in the 2nd quarter of Tuesday night’s game, it appeared the Bucks would coast to victory. However, Milwaukee had to fight for their 108-101 victory at the Bradley Center over the Hawks.
Milwaukee saw the Hawks end the third quarter on a 20-6 run to take a 79-78 lead heading into the 4th. That is the time Monte Ellis erupted for Milwaukee. Ellis scored 17 of his game-high 33 points in the 4th quarter, his most since being traded to Milwaukee March 13th. Bucks Head Coach Scott Skiles was happy with Monte’s night:
The Bucks were able to pull out the victory despite a short bench. Carlos Delfino and Ersan Ilyasova were both out of the game because of injury, Delfino a groin and Ilyasova back spasms. Both players are day-to-day. Mike Dunleavy led the bench attack with 13-points.
Milwaukee now trails the New York Knicks by 2-games for the 8th and final playoff spot in the East. The Bucks visit Cleveland on Friday night.