Corey Maggette led a bench explosion with 16 of his 20 points in the first half and Brandon Jennings scored 11 of his 19 in the third period as the visiting Milwaukee Bucks crushed the suddenly slumping Atlanta Hawks, 108-91, on Wednesday.
Ersan Ilyasova came off the bench to add 17 points and 10 rebounds for Milwaukee, which lost a grueling seven-game series to Atlanta in the first round of the playoffs last season, squandering a 3-2 lead.
Zaza Pachulia scored 16 points and Al Horford added 14 as the Hawks dropped their third straight after opening the season 6-0 for the second time in three years.
Milwaukee entered Tuesday's game with the New York Knicks last in the NBA in scoring and shooting under 40 percent. But the Bucks exploded for 41 points in the first quarter and rolled to a 107-80 triumph while shooting 51.3 percent. They shot 49.3 percent in this one.
The bench sparked a 47-18 run over the final 16 minutes of the half that provided a 54-40 lead. Earl Boykins helped Maggette with five points and seven assists as the Bucks reserves scored 33 points on 13-of-19 shooting. Ovwerall, the reserves scored 57 points.
The starters pushed the lead in the first three minutes of the third quarter. Jennings capped an opening 9-1 run with a 3-pointer that widened the margin to 63-41. Atlanta got the deficit under 20, but Jennings converted a four-point play during a spurt that made it 88-59 after three periods.
The Bucks shot 22-of-37 during the 56-19 run that spanned from the eight-minute mark of the first quarter to the nine-minute mark of the third. The Hawks hit nine of their first 11 shot for a 22-9 edge but shot just 7-of-26 during their drought.