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Hawks win to force Game 7

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: July 11, 2013 at 04:43 PM
MILWAUKEE -

Jamal Crawford broke out of a slump with 24 points, Joe Johnson added 22 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Milwaukee Bucks 83-69 on Friday night to force a seventh game in the first-round series.

Game 7 is Sunday in Atlanta.

Carlos Delfino scored 20 for the Bucks, who came into the game hoping to finish off their heavily favored opponent but instead went completely flat coming out of halftime. The Hawks outscored the Bucks 29-11 in the third quarter to take a 15-point lead.

Milwaukee made a furious comeback attempt in the last 6 minutes, but Josh Smith's block on John Salmons with just over 2 minutes remaining helped the Hawks hold on.

ATLANTA (83) - Williams 1-5 0-0 2, Jos.Smith 4-11 2-3 10, Horford 6-12 3-5 15, Bibby 4-9 1-2 10, Johnson 8-24 4-4 22, Pachulia 0-0 0-2 0, Crawford 8-17 6-6 24, Evans 0-3 0-0 0, West 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-81 16-22 83.

MILWAUKEE (69) - Delfino 8-19 0-0 20, Mbah a Moute 1-4 2-2 4, Thomas 5-10 1-1 11, Jennings 4-15 3-3 12, Salmons 2-13 4-4 8, Ridnour 2-3 0-0 5, Ilyasova 1-4 0-0 2, Stackhouse 2-6 2-2 7, Gadzuric 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 25-76 12-12 69.

Atlanta16152923-83Milwaukee19151124-69 3-Point Goals-Atlanta 5-16 (Johnson 2-5, Crawford 2-6, Bibby 1-3, Jos.Smith 0-2), Milwaukee 7-26 (Delfino 4-9, Stackhouse 1-1, Ridnour 1-2, Jennings 1-9, Ilyasova 0-2, Salmons 0-3). Fouled Out-None. Rebounds-Atlanta 62 (Horford 15), Milwaukee 45 (Thomas 9). Assists-Atlanta 15 (Johnson 6), Milwaukee 14 (Salmons 4). Total Fouls-Atlanta 15, Milwaukee 24. A-18,717 (18,717).

LeBRON REPORTEDLY WINS 2ND MVP AWARD: Cleveland Cavaliers superstar forward LeBron James was voted the league's MVP for the second straight year, a person familiar with the announcement told The Associated Press.

James, who averaged 29.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 8.6 assists this season, will receive the trophy Sunday at the University of Akron.

James is the 10th NBA player to be the MVP in consecutive seasons.

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