The biggest name to move at Thursday's trade deadline is now 0-1 with his new team as J.J. Redick's debut with the Milwaukee Bucks was spoiled by some late-game heroics by Al Horford as the Atlanta Hawks picked up a big road win, 103-102.
Redick scored 16 points and added seven assists for a Bucks team sorely in need of an extra shooter and ball distributor. He came off the bench, spelling mostly Brandon Jennings but at times playing alongside both Jennings and Monta Ellis. The game was tight throughout much of the game until the Bucks began to pull away midway through the fourth quarter.
The Bucks led by as much ten after a Redick layup made it 91-81 with seven minutes left. Milwaukee was up seven with just over three minutes left before the Hawks went on an 11-0 run over the next minute and a half, capped off by a Josh Smith-to-Horford alley-oop that put Atlanta up 101-100. Ellis responded, making a layup with ten seconds left to give the Bucks a one-point lead. The Hawks drew up a play for Horford out of the time out, allowing him to sink a jumper to give the Hawks a 103-102 lead. An Ellis off-balance shot in the paint was off, sealing the victory for Atlanta.
Horford and Jeff Teague led the Hawks with 23 points, while Smith added 15 points and 13 rebounds. Ersan Ilyasova led the Bucks with 19 points.