Atlanta Hawks defeat Milwaukee Bucks, 83-69

Let's be honest here. Moral victories went out in professional sports about the time the Browns vacated St. Louis.

You're in it to win it, no matter the circumstances.

So let's just say the Milwaukee Bucks picked an awfully bad time to follow up maybe the greatest 4 minutes in franchise history with one of the worst third quarters ever in the NBA playoffs.

Friday night wasn't the time for the Bucks to have that feared-deer gaze. Nor was it the time for them to have t...

Everything was in place for a true celebration Friday night.

A boisterous sellout crowd filled the Bradley Center and was ready to raise the roof if the Milwaukee Bucks could win Game 6 to clinch their first NBA playoff series victory in nine years.

But the Atlanta Hawks had other plans.

Bouncing back after a collapse in the final 4 minutes of Game 5, the Hawks showed plenty of resolve as they defeated the Bucks, 83-69, to tie the series and force a decisive seven...

The Atlanta Hawks have been down the road to a Game 7 in the National Basketball Association playoffs each of the past two seasons.

The Milwaukee Bucks last appeared in a Game 7 in 2001.

Will the familiarity factor work in the Hawks' favor when their first-round series with the Bucks is finally settled Sunday in Atlanta?

"It can't hurt us," Hawks forward Josh Smith said after Atlanta's 83-69 victory Friday night at the Bradley Center. "Especially when you're playi...