Hawks beat Bucks 113-105, close in on No. 4 seed

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009. (AP) -- The Atlanta Hawks took another step toward earning home-court advantage for the first round of the playoffs, fending off a late rally by the Milwaukee Bucks for a 113-105 victory Wednesday night.

Joe Johnson scored 30 points and made a pair of big shots down the stretch for the Hawks, who came into Wednesday's game in control of the No. 4 playoff seed in the Eastern Conference but are having trouble wrapping it up.

Keith Bogans scored 22 for the Bucks, who were eliminated from playoff contention over the weekend and have lost four straight.

Milwaukee tied the game with 1:51 left, but a pair of clutch shots by Johnson helped Atlanta halt the rally.

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