Bucks lose in Atlanta 107-100
ATLANTA (AP) -- Paul Millsap scored 21 points, Mike Muscala added 16 and the Atlanta Hawks won their sixth straight game, a 107-100 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 26 points and 15 rebounds, and Jabari Parker scored 15 of his 23 points in the third quarter for Milwaukee.
Muscala started in place of star center Dwight Howard, who was sidelined with a left quadriceps contusion. Atlanta improved to 6-1 at home and tied Cleveland for the best record in the Eastern Conference at 9-2.
The Bucks have lost three of four. They pulled within four points on Antetokounmpo's dunk with 37 seconds remaining, but Millsap hit a layup on the next possession to make it 104-98.
Milwaukee ended the first quarter with a 26-21 lead but missed their next 11 shots and didn't score until the 5:50 mark of the second. They were outscored 31-9 in the second and went 3 for 27 from the field.
Atlanta took its biggest lead at 24 points on Dennis Schroder's 3-pointer early in the third, but Milwaukee scored 35 points in the third quarter and pulled within six with 9:06 remaining on Mirza Teletovic's third 3 of the period.
Antetokounmpo's layup cut the lead to three a couple of possessions later at the 6:24 mark. That was as close as the Bucks could get.
The Hawks improved to 8-1 when leading after three quarters.
Tim Hardaway Jr. had 13 points for Atlanta. Schroder and Kent Bazemore scored 12 each.