Atlanta Hawks defeat Milwaukee Bucks, 102-92

Atlanta — Typically, there are almost no absolutes to be taken from the first game of a National Basketball Association playoff series.

But from the residue of the Milwaukee Bucks' 102-92 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night, we can reasonably assume that two things have been established for however long this thing lasts:

The Hawks need to be equipped with one of those warning signals that go beep, beep, beep whenever a truck throws it into reverse, because th...

Atlanta — A first-half blitz by the Atlanta Hawks served as a rude welcome to the playoffs for the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Bucks haven't passed this way since 2006, but the Hawks were only too happy to handle a comprehensive introduction to the realities of playoff basketball.

Atlanta sprinted to a 22-point halftime lead and fought off a strong second-half rally by the Bucks to grab a 102-92 victory in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.

"We ...