Atlanta Hawks defeat Milwaukee Bucks, 96-86

Atlanta — Before his team had the chance to offer up another eight shots that the Atlanta Hawks could swat off the base of Stone Mountain all the way from downtown Philips Arena, Milwaukee Bucks coach Scott Skiles was his typically upfront self about the clear physical disparities between the playoff opponents.

Of course, Skiles said, the Hawks have length and size all over the Bucks. But if they could somehow find that little something extra that has carried them throu...

Atlanta — A stagnant offense was enough to bog down the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference playoff series Tuesday night.

Combine that with the defensive problems the team is still having with the Hawks' talented trio of Josh Smith, Joe Johnson and Al Horford, and the result was a 96-86 Atlanta victory that never really seemed too difficult for the home team at Philips Arena.

Smith showed off his electrifying play above the rim and barely missed a t...