NBA Playoffs: Atlanta Hawks Collapse, Season in Jeopardy To Milwaukee Bucks

April 29th, 2010 by John Boller Leave a reply »

With three-and-a-half minutes to go in Game Five of the Atlanta Hawks' first round matchup at home, I was watching comfortably in my chair not knowing that the Milwaukee Bucks were about to pull off a playoff miracle.

Atlanta had a seven point lead and had been up by as much as 10 in the fourth quarter before a 14-0 onslaught by the Bucks that devastated the Hawks and their fans.

It began with five straight points from Milwaukee’s John Salmons. Salmons would score eight of the Bucks’ final 18 points, including seven during the 14-0 run. Salmons got it started with two free throws and, following a mishandle by Josh Smith on an easy layup attempt, nailed a three pointer to cut the Hawks lead to just four with 3:28 left.

It didn’t take the Bucks long to overtake the Hawks. With a 1:58 left, Ersan Ilyasova made a four-foot shot to put Milwaukee up 83-82. It was the Bucks’ first lead since there was less than a minute to go in the first half when they led 41-40.

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