ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Hawks are off to a good start in the playoffs, even though they barely showed up for the second half. The Milwaukee Bucks are short-handed but at least showed a little fight.
Led by Joe Johnson and getting production from all their key players, the Hawks blitzed the Bucks early, survived a lackluster showing after halftime and held off Milwaukee 102-92 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference playoffs Saturday.
Game 2 in the best-of-seven series is Tuesday night in Atlanta.
The Hawks had mismatches all over the court, taking advantage of the gruesome injury that took out Milwaukee center Andrew Bogut late in the season. The home team never trailed, building a 20-point lead in the first quarter and going to halftime with a 62-40 edge. The Bucks made a game of it led by rookie Brandon Jennings, who scored 34 points.
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