Atlanta Hawks defeat Milwaukee Bucks, 104-96

Playing tight defense to keep opponents in the 80s and 90s is a must for the Milwaukee Bucks now that center Andrew Bogut has been lost with a season-ending injury.

But the Bucks fell short of that goal for a second consecutive game Monday as they dropped a 104-96 decision to the Atlanta Hawks to close the home regular-season schedule.

Milwaukee (45-36) fell into the sixth-seeded position in the Eastern Conference playoff chase, falling one game behind Miami after th...

They say that the road to the upper reaches of the National Basketball Association is littered with hardship and heartache.

The Atlanta Hawks, who played the Milwaukee Bucks Monday night at the Bradley Center and might be the Bucks' first-round playoff opponent, have been down that road over the past two years and think they are a better team this season because of it. It's a trail that the younger members of the Bucks will travel for the first time this season.

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PLAYER OF THE GAME:Joe Johnson scored 31 points and simply couldn't be stopped after scoring 18 points in the first half on 8-of-12 shooting. He also had seven rebounds and three assists in 41 minutes. "Sometimes guys get feeling pretty good about themselves and they're hard to stop," Bucks coach Scott Skiles said.

PLAY OF THE GAME: The Bucks were making a run in the fourth quarter, but Hawks center Al Horford grabbed a big offensive rebound and scored, leading to a t...