Horford's late bucket lifts Hawks over Bucks

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 23, 2013 at 11:20 pm •  Published: February 23, 2013
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"I thought our guys played hard. I thought we played well enough to win the game," Bucks coach Jim Boylan said. "Every time we seemed to get some sort of comfortable lead against them, they'd bang a 3.

"The games keep coming, so you don't have a chance to really feel sorry for yourself."

Milwaukee jumped out to a 27-19 lead at the end of a first quarter that featured three technical fouls. The Bucks' Brandon Jennings was whistled for arguing a foul call and officials assessed a double technical on Milwaukee's Samuel Dalembert and Atlanta's Zaza Pachulia after they tangled under the basket.

Pachulia, who set a Hawks franchise record with seven offensive rebounds in the second quarter, also picked up a flagrant foul in the fourth when he fouled John Henson on a drive to the basket. He and Dalembert pointed at each other and exchanged words.

"I told him that I set the franchise record with seven offensive rebounds in a quarter. He was mad," Pachulia said.

Redick made his first appearance in a Bucks uniform midway through the first quarter. Acquired from Orlando in a Feb. 21 trade deadline deal, Redick entered to a standing ovation.

"I feel like I was brought here to help this team win and secure a good playoff position," he said. "I'm a competitor and I certainly didn't want to start off with a loss. We did some good things tonight and I enjoyed playing with this group."

Notes: Milwaukee worked to acquire Josh Smith, Atlanta's leading scorer, right up until the deadline, but he ended up remaining with the Hawks. "Josh has been a super player for us," Atlanta coach Larry Drew said. "I'm glad he's still a Hawk.". Although both teams play in the Eastern Conference, Milwaukee and Atlanta met for the first time this season. "We're almost into March and this is our first meeting. It feels a little weird," Drew said. . Atlanta's DeShawn Stevenson wasn't available Saturday night due to a coach's decision not to play him in the second of back-to-back games in order to minimize wear on his knees. . University of Wisconsin men's basketball coach Bo Ryan was in attendance. Harris played for Ryan at Wisconsin.