ATLANTA — Veteran Mike Dunleavy, playing only his second game since being acquired in a trade with Cleveland, scored a season-high 20 points to help the Atlanta Hawks beat the Milwaukee Bucks 111-98 on Sunday at Philips Arena.
Dunleavy was 4 of 5 on 3-pointers and posted his first 20-point game since April 5, 2015, when he played for Chicago. Dunleavy also had three rebounds and two assists in 22 minutes.
Atlanta has won eight of its last nine games and solidified its hold on fourth place in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. The Hawks have won all three games against the Bucks this season and seven of the last nine meetings.
Atlanta (23-17) also got 24 points from guard Kent Bazemore, who had four 3-pointers, and 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists from forward Paul Millsap, who had three 3-pointers. Center Dwight Howard had 16 points and 14 rebounds for his 26th double-double.
Milwaukee (20-19) was led by forward Giannis Antetokounmpo with 33 points, six shy of his season high, along with eight rebounds and six assists. The Bucks also got 13 points from reserve forward Greg Monroe and 12 points from Malcolm Brogdon.
Milwaukee led by as many as 11 points in the first quarter and led 20-9 after Brogdon’s 3-point basket with with 6:18 left. The Hawks tied it at 31 on Millsap’s three-point play with 53.9 seconds left. The score was tied 36-36 after the first quarter.
The Hawks turned up the defense in the second quarter and outscored the Bucks 16-4 to take a 12-point lead on Malcolm Delaney’s pull-up jumper with 5:24 left in the quarter. Atlanta led 60-53 at the half.
Atlanta added to the lead in the third quarter thanks to a 13-point effort from Bazemore, whose jumper with 4:38 left gave the Hawks a 79-69 lead. Antetokounmpo had 13 points to keep it close at 88-83 entering the fourth quarter.
Atlanta forward Mike Muscala injured his left ankle when he fell in the first quarter. Muscala stepped on Schroder’s foot and tumbled to the court with Milwaukee’s Michael Beasley.
Muscala was helped by the training staff to the locker room with 4:38 left in the first quarter and did not return. His status for Monday’s game in New York is not certain.
NOTES: The Bucks are relatively healthy. Giannis Antetokounmpo (illness), Michael Beasley (right hamstring), Miles Plumlee (left knee) and Rashad Vaughn (left ankle) were all fully available. Their only inactive with an injury was Khris Middleton (post-surgery for left hamstring). Steve Novak was inactive. … The two teams meet for the final time on March 24 in Milwaukee. … Atlanta plays its next game on the road Monday at New York and Wednesday at Detroit. Milwaukee returns home Monday for a game with Philadelphia.