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News » Atlanta Hawks Getting Inside 2009-01-24

Atlanta Hawks Getting Inside 2009-01-24

Atlanta Hawks Getting Inside 2009-01-24
Hawks forward Marvin Williams returned to the starting lineup for Friday's game against Milwaukee after missing two games with concussion symptoms. Williams said his head was still hurting after the Hawks' 117-87 blowout win, but it'll obviously take more than a little headache to hold him or his teammates down these days.

"I was more worried about my legs going out than anything," said Williams, who finished with 11 points and nine rebounds in his comeback performance. "I was just thinking about it a little bit while I was out there but it was good."

Hawks coach Mike Woodson said he after watching Williams practice Thursday, he felt good about sticking him back in the starting unit.

"He had his first full day of practice (Thursday) and said he was ready to get back out there," Woodson said. "So it told him I'd stick him back in there and let him get his feet wet and see what happens."

Williams was injured a week ago during the Hawks' 119-114 loss to Golden State. After taking a shot to the head, he fell and hit his head on the floor.

Williams was kept overnight at an Oakland hospital and did not return to Atlanta with his teammates from their three-game Western Conference road trip.

The Hawks won both games without him, defeating Toronto Monday at Philips Arena and winning in Chicago Tuesday night. But with starting center Al Horford (knee) and backup point guard Acie Law IV (thigh contusion) still on the inactive list, Woodson was eager to welcome Williams back. Williams scored nine points and grabbed eight rebounds in the first half Friday.

"We need all the healthy bodies we can get," Woodson said. "Al, this was his first night to actually get out there and run a little bit (during a pregame workout). It might still be a while with Al. I'm not going to push him because we need him in the long run."

Woodson said Horford would not be on the floor for Saturday's practice and he will not travel with the team on two-game trip to Miami (Monday) and New York (Wednesday), in order to stay home and get treatment.

HAWKS 117, BUCKS 87: That momentary power outage that plagued the Hawks at the start of the month is over. Not only are they back to the winning ways that carried them to 21 wins in the first two months of the season, they're also back to punishing teams on their home floor.

Just ask the Milwaukee Bucks, the team the Hawks smashed 117-87 Friday night at Philips Arena for their third straight win, second consecutive at home and their largest margin of victory all season.

"We didn't show up in any facet of the game," said Bucks coach Scott Skiles. "It's one of those games in the NBA that doesn't happen too often, and unfortunately for us tonight it happened to us. For some reason we totally broke down from the beginning of the game. They did whatever they wanted to do."

Hawks point guard Mike Bibby fueled the fire early and often, finishing his night minutes into the fourth quarter with a season-high 15 assists and 12 points as the Hawks (26-16) led by as many 34 points in the second half.

Flip Murray led the Hawks with 25 points off the bench, the first time he's done that all season. He made 11 of his 13 shots from the floor, both of his 3-point attempts, and helped break the game open in the second quarter, scoring 11 of his points in just nine minutes.

Josh Smith scored 24 points, on 11-for-15 shooting from the floor, and also added eight rebounds and two blocks, dominating the Bucks inside with Hawks captain and All-Star Joe Johnson struggling through a 3-for-11 shooting night.

Mo Evans added to the party with 18 points off the bench, his second double-digit scoring effort in the past four games. He was a perfect 4-for-4 from beyond the 3-point line. The Hawks shot 8-for-16 from that distance as a team and a robust 56 percent (43-for-77) from the floor in a game they controlled from the start.

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