MILWAUKEE — Jamal Crawford broke out of a slump with 24 points, Joe Johnson added 22 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Milwaukee Bucks 83-69 on Friday night to force a seventh game in the first-round series.
Game 7 is Sunday in Atlanta.
Carlos Delfino scored 20 for the Bucks, who came into the game hoping to finish off their heavily favored opponent but instead went completely flat coming out of halftime. The Hawks outscored the Bucks 29-11 in the third quarter to take a 15-point lead.
Milwaukee made a furious comeback attempt in the last 6 minutes, but Josh Smith's block on John Salmons with just over 2 minutes remaining helped the Hawks hold on.