ATLANTA, (Reuters) – The Atlanta Hawks staved off the underdog Milwaukee Bucks to complete a nerve-wracking series triumph with a 95-74 Game Seven victory yesterday.
After avoiding elimination with a Game Six win on the road Friday, the Hawks followed up with a strong performance and advanced to the Eastern Conference semi-finals where they will meet the Orlando Magic.
“A lot of you guys wrote us off (after Game Five), and that’s a shame because if you understand playoff basketball, anything is possible,” Atlanta coach Mike Woodson told reporters.
“These guys didn’t stop believing, and to bounce back like we did, and go to Milwaukee and win was unbelievable.”
Jamal Crawford scored 22 points with six assists and Al Horford recorded 16 and 15 rebounds for the Hawks who used swarming defense and rebounding to overwhelm the Bucks.