MILWAUKEE -- J.J. Redick knows the score.
The shooting guard acquired by the Milwaukee Bucks in a trade deadline deal Thursday is fully aware he was brought in to help the team secure a playoff spot.
So Redick couldn't help but be disappointed when the Bucks squandered a late lead and lost to the Atlanta Hawks, 103-102, on Saturday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Al Horford scored on a short hook shot in the post with 5.9 seconds left to put the Hawks in front.
The Bucks were out of timeouts and had to rush down court, and Monta Ellis missed a runner in the lane on a good look at the buzzer.
It was the latest heartbreak for the Bucks (26-28), who lost for the ninth time in their last 11 games. In the past week they dropped three games by a total of six points, including one in overtime.
"I certainly didn't want to start off with a loss here," Redick said. "I'm coming from Orlando the last 30 games and I think we were 3-27.
"I expect this team to win. Obviously we did some good things tonight and I enjoyed playing with this group."
The Bucks led 100-93 after Brandon Jennings sank a jumper with 3 minutes 30 seconds left.
But the Hawks went on an 8-0 run to take the lead on Horford's dunk with 1:28 left.
Ellis did give the Bucks a 102-101 lead on a strong drive with 10.8 seconds left, but the basket represented their only points in the last 31/2 minutes.
Horford finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds for the Hawks (31-23), while point guard Jeff Teague added 23 points and nine assists.
Former Wisconsin guard Devin Harris got a start next to Teague and was 4 of 5 from three-point range while scoring 21 points.
"Our three-point defense was not very good," Bucks coach Jim Boylan said. "They shoot a lot of threes; that's part of their game. They executed it tonight."
Harris and Josh Smith drilled threes after the Bucks had pushed their lead to seven points late in the game.
Smith, pursued by the Bucks in trade talks before the Thursday deadline, had 15 points, 13 rebounds and five assists.
Redick said he was gratified by the response of the crowd of 18,289, which gave him a huge ovation when he entered in the first quarter after Jennings picked up two quick fouls.
He wound up playing 35 minutes and finished with 16 points and seven assists. When Redick hit his first three-pointer as a Bucks player late in the third quarter, he pumped his fist and slapped hands with Ellis.
"Coach kind of left me out there and let me get into a little bit of a rhythm," Redick said. "The only thing is, the fourth quarter he started calling plays that I didn't know.
"I was real confused but we'll clean that up."
Redick admitted it felt strange to enter the home locker room before the game after he spent six-plus years with the Magic before Thursday's trade.
"I was tempted to walk into the visitors' locker room this morning and when I got to the arena (Saturday night) so it was a little weird," Redick said. "I'm just excited to be here."
Ersan Ilyasova led the Bucks with 19 points, and Ellis had 14 points and 10 assists while getting some time at point guard.
Center Larry Sanders scored 12 points and was one shy of his career high with 19 rebounds while playing 37 minutes.
Bucks backup power forward John Henson showed plenty of energy as he contributed 11 points and six rebounds in 15 minutes off the bench.
"You always get confidence as a young guy, playing against big tough opponents like that (Horford and Smith)," Henson said.
Both Jennings and Redick committed turnovers in the final 2 minutes and the Bucks also had a shot-clock violation when they held a four-point lead with 2:12 left.
"You can't rely on winning one-possession games," Redick said. "You've got to clamp down when you're up seven with 3 or 4 minutes to go."
The Bucks held a three-point lead late in regulation and again in overtime in a two-point loss at Brooklyn on Tuesday. They lost to the Nets, 97-94, at home on Wednesday.
And now this.
"It's the way the basketball gods are," Bucks forward Mike Dunleavy said. "You've just got to fight through it. We'll come out of it, hopefully sooner than later."
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