Bucks win Game 3 by holding on to big early leadWisconsin Sports
- The Milwaukee Bucks raced out to an 18-point lead in the first quarter, beating Atlanta 107-89 in their first-round NBA playoff series.
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Bucks raced out to an 18-point lead in the first quarter, beating Atlanta 107-89 in their first-round NBA playoff series. Atlanta leads two games to one.
Experts were saying the Bucks couldn't play with Atlanta while missing center Andrew Bogut. John Salmons proved them wrong. He hit 9-of-11 shots and scored 22 points to lead Milwaukee. Kurt Thomas grabbed 13 rebounds in the victory. The Bucks will try to even the series tomorrow night at the Bradley Center. After shooting less than 23 percent from outside the three-point line, Bucks shooters heated it up, connecting on 10-of-23 in the win.
Bucks GM John Hammond has been named NBA executive of the year. Hammond is the first Bucks boss to ever win that award. Milwaukee improved its record by a dozen wins this season, with Hammonds' draft of Brandon Jennings and in-season trade for John Salmons playing a big role in the improvement. He got 12 of 30 votes from a group of league executives. Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti finished second. Hammonds' Bucks made it to the playoffs, despite losing Michael Redd to injury in January and Andrew Bogut earlier this month.