Streaking Bucks win tight game over struggling Hawks, tie for fifth in East


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Published 10:50 p.m. ET March 24, 2017 | Updated 11:49 p.m. ET March 24, 2017

MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo isn’t waiting for the playoffs to play with postseason intensity.

The young All-Star threw down a windmill dunk, drew defensive attention to open up lanes for teammates and contorted his athletic, 6-foot-11 frame along the sideline to save a late possession for the Milwaukee Bucks.

Antetokounmpo picked up his second straight double-double with 34 points and 13 rebounds, and rookie Malcolm Brogdon had 14 points and seven assists in a 100-97 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.

The Bucks, who have won 11 of 13 games, moved into a tie with Atlanta for fifth place in the Eastern Conference, though the Hawks still hold the tiebreaker. Atlanta has lost six straight.

“It was a playoff-type game. Everybody is fighting for pole position,” Bucks coach Jason Kidd said.

Atlanta had one last chance to tie before Ersan Ilyasova missed a contested…

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