MILWAUKEE, WI (WHBL) - The Milwaukee Bucks moved to within two games of a playoff spot Tuesday night with a 108-101 home victory over Atlanta. Monta Ellis had his first big game since being traded from Golden State two weeks ago. He scored 33 points, including 17 in the decisive fourth quarter. The game was tied at 91 with 4:31 left when Mike Dunleavy hit a three-pointer, and Ellis followed with a lay-up and a jumper. That put the Bucks up by seven, and they never looked back. Milwaukee only had three players on the bench. Carlos Delfino missed the game with a groin injury from Monday night’s loss at New York. And forward Ersan Ilyasova sat out with back spasms. Both are day-to-day. Forward Ekpe Udoh, who joined Ellis in the trade from Golden State, made his first start for Milwaukee. He tied a career-high with 10 rebounds, and had eight points and three blocks. Bucks’ coach Scott Skiles said both teams were tired. It was the fifth game in six nights for Milwaukee. And Atlanta was coming off a quadruple-overtime win over Utah on Sunday. The Hawks committed 22 turnovers, eight more than their season average. Josh Smith led Atlanta with 30 points and 18 rebounds. Hawks’ guard Joe Johnson needed five stitches in his lip after an early collision with teammate and former Buck Zaza Pachulia. Johnson returned later. The Hawks ended a four-game winning streak, and the Bucks got their first win against a team with a .500-plus record since March fifth. Their next game is on Friday night at Cleveland.
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