J.J. Redick debut falls flat
J.J. Redick knows the score. The shooting guard acquired by the Milwaukee Bucks in a trade deadline deal Thursday is fully aware he was brought in to help the team secure a playoff spot. So Redick couldn't help but be disappointed when the Bucks squandered a late lead and lost to the Atlanta Hawks, 103-102, on Saturday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Al Horford scored on a short hook shot in the post with 5.9 seconds left to put the Hawks in front. The Bucks were out of timeouts and had to rush down court, and Monta Ellis missed a runner in the lane on a good look at the buzzer. It was the latest heartbreak for the Bucks (26-28), who lost for the ninth time in their last 11 games. In the past week they dropped three games by a total of six points, including one in overtime. "I certainly didn't want to start off with a loss here," Redick said. "I'm coming from Orlando the last 30 games and I think we were 3-27. "I expect this team to win. Obviously we did some good things tonight and I enjoyed playing with this group." The Bucks led, 100-93, after Brandon Jennings sank a jumper with 3 minutes 30 seconds left. But the Hawks went on an 8-0 run to take the lead on Horford's dunk with 1:28 left. Ellis did give the Bucks a 102-101 lead on a strong drive with 10.8 seconds left, but the basket represented their only points in the last 3½ minutes.
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