Brandon Knight scored 27 points for the Bucks, who lost for the 11th time in 12 games. Ersan Ilyasova and Khris Middleton added 11 apiece.
While the Hawks worked hard, the Bucks simply didn’t.
Milwaukee Bucks coach Larry Drew, who faced the Hawks for the first time this season after being fired by Atlanta last season, closed the locker room and challenged the Bucks’ lackadaisical style.
”This was a totally, totally unacceptable performance,” he said of his 21-minute message. ”Do we have anything inside that will allow us to go out and compete at a high level?”
John Henson and Caron Butler came off the bench to score 10 points, but it came with the game already decided.
”I’m going to have to go with the guys that play hard,” Drew said. ”You’re not going to play hard? You’re not going to play.”
Henson downplayed the tone of the message.
”He just said we got to keep fighting, man,” Henson said. ”He said he’s been in the league for 37 some years and he’s seen it all. So, we just got to find that fire in us, to have that pride for the name on the front and the back of our jerseys”. Associated Press