Former Hawks coach Larry Drew and center Zaza Pachulia returned to their former home last night with their new team. They were not shown much mercy, though, as the Hawks beat their former coach and center 102-97 last night at Philips Arena.
The Bucks continued their woebegone season, falling to a league-worst record of 13-52. The Hawks, after a moribund month and 1-14 stretch, won their second consecutive game to hold on to the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference by 3.5 games over the New York Knicks.
It took a while for the Hawks to nail the win down, but Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver helped the Hawks pull through. Teague scored eight of his 22 points in the final quarter and had eight assists, while Korver scored 12 of his 15 points in the fourth as well. Atlanta had another great night from behind the arc, making 13 of 29 three-pointers as every Hawk who played made at least one three.
Pachulia had just four points and five rebounds in 23 minutes, as Drew looked frustrated with the continued slide of his team. Drew signed on with the Bucks in the offseason after Atlanta declined to offer him a new contract. His first year in Milwaukee has been incredibly bumpy, with the team's fans hoping for a decent lottery pick to turn their fortunes after the season.
Atlanta, on the other hand, is still alive after a free-fall over the past month that saw them go from third to eighth in the East. Thanks to the ineptitude of their fellow East teams, though, they are still in the driver's seat to make the playoffs with 12 of their last 19 games at home.