Bucks 105, Hawks 93
MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Ricky Pierce scored 25 points and Jack Sikma 24 on Wednesday night as the Milwaukee Bucks sent the Atlanta Hawks to their sixth straight loss, 105-93.
Moses Malone scored his 25,000th NBA point with a basket early in the first quarter and then finished with 17 first-half points to keep Atlanta close. Malone finished with 22 and Dominique Wilkins added 18 for the Hawks
The Bucks, now 6-0 at home, outscored the Hawks 21-10 in the final seven minutes of the second quarter to take a 57-47 halftime lead. Milwaukee expanded its lead to 84-70 after three quarters as Steve Henson hit a 3- pointer at the buzzer.
Henson hit another 3-pointer to open the fourth, Brad Lohaus dunked and Henson made another jumper to give Milwaukee a 91-74 lead with 9:44 remaining.
Atlanta chopped the margin to 10 with 2:25 left, but Pierce scored five points to seal the victory.
The game marked the return of ex-Bucks star Sidney Moncrief to the Bradley Center, where his uniform was retired last January. Moncrief, a five-time All- Star who played with Milwaukee for 10 years, sat out last season after prematurely announcing his retirement.
He started the game and received a one-minute standing ovation when introduced. He played just eight minutes in the first half, scoring the Hawks’ first basket but no points after that.
The Bucks had a 63-44 rebounding advantage as Frank Brickowski grabbed 14 rebounds and Sikma 10 for the Bucks.
Sikma is off to a strong start this season. He’s not popping as many 3- pointers, but shooting medium-range shots and taking the ball inside.
″The new guys (Brickowsi and Schayes) have taken a lot of the pressure off me,″ Sikma said. ″They’re taking a lot of the banging off me under the boards. I can really feel the difference. We’re playing the most aggressive basketball I’ve ever seen.′
Bucks coach Del Harris pointed to the rebounding and the play of Henson in just 14 minutes.
″We wanted the 3-pointers and Henson came through for us,″ Harris said. ″Defensively we were outstanding. You can see the rebounding total. This is a great feat, considering Atlanta is a great rebounding team.″
Milwaukee also got five blocked shots from Brad Lohaus.
Meanwhile, Atlanta is out of synch during its losing streak.
″We were tired and we just stopped executing,″ Hawks coach Bob Weiss said.
″I can’t remember a time in my career when I lost six games in a row,″ Wilkins said. ″I find it embarrassing. We just have to get out of this whole pattern.″