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(Sports Network) - The first Game 7 of this years NBA playoffs is on tap this afternoon in Dixie, as the Atlanta Hawks host the Milwaukee Bucks in the decisive battle of this Eastern Conference quarterfinals series. Patrik Elias Jersey . Jamal Crawford scored 24 points and Joe Johnson added 22, as Atlanta used a giant run in the third quarter to beat Milwaukee, 83-69, on Friday to force the deciding seventh game. It just happened to be one of those great third quarters, Hawks coach Mike Woodson said. We finally bounced out of a funk offensively and were able to make our defense work for us. We rebounded the ball and were able to get it out and get some easy buckets. Al Horford totaled 15 points and 15 rebounds for the Hawks, which lost the previous contest in the series, 111-104, at Philips Arena. In Game 5 we played great defensively, but we just didnt handle our business coming down the stretch, Woodson said. I thought tonight we kept our composure and did everything we needed to do. Milwaukee, trying for its first playoff series win since 2001, was held to a franchise-low for playoff scoring and gave up 19 straight points in the fateful third quarter. The Bucks previous low was 74 points, on April 23, 2006 at Detroit in a series opener. The Bucks, who have lost three consecutive opening-round series since falling to Philadelphia in the 2001 Eastern Conference finals, were ahead by three at the half, but went 3-of-17 from the field in the third quarter. They finished just 32.9 percent for the game. Guys werent comfortable out there, they werent relaxed, Bucks coach Scott Skiles said. We had some blank stares going on out there. Carlos Delfino led the Bucks with 20 points, but Milwaukees starting backcourt tandem of John Salmons and Brandon Jennings combined to go 6-of-28 from the field for a total of 20 points. Weve got one more, but weve got to strap it up and play Game 7, Jennings said. We won down there before so I know we can do it again. The Hawks will be playing in a Game 7 for the fifth time since moving to Atlanta and for the third consecutive postseason. Atlanta was 0-3 in Game 7s before breaking through in the quarterfinals vs. Miami last season. The Hawks lost Game 7s in 1979 (Washington); 1988 (Boston) and 2008 (Boston). The Bucks havent been in a Game 7 since the 2001 East finals when they lost to the Sixers. Their last Game 7 win came in the previous series that season when they defeated the Charlotte Hornets to advance. All-time, Milwaukee is just 2-6 in Game 7s. Atlanta went 2-1 against Milwaukee in the regular season. The two clubs met three times in the postseason back in the 1980s, with the Bucks taking two of the sets in 83-84 and 88-89. The Hawks lone win came in the 87-88 season. The winner of this series will play second seed Orlando in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Austin Collie Jersey . Colleen Jones and Kim Kelly will join forces with skip Mary Anne Arsenault to form a powerful Nova Scotia team looking to qualify for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Willis McGahee Jersey . The players were swarmed by fans and media as they stepped off the buses that had brought them straight from the airport and their charter flight from Montreal. Joe Haden Jersey . Watabe was fourth after the ski jumping section with a leap of 98 metres in foggy and windy conditions. He erased a 20-second deficit to Christoph Bieler after the first three kilometres of the 10-kilometre cross country and then pulled away to win in 26 minutes, 17. 2012 Jacksonville Jaguars Nike Jersey . -- Saints running back Pierre Thomas has been fined US$12,500 for a uniform violation and a touchdown celebration in which he placed a bow on a football and gave it to a fan. Jonathan Quick Jersey . -- Oakland Athletics owner Lew Wolff said Wednesday that indecision by Major League Baseball over whether his club can move to San Jose has been "excruciating" but that he believes the process is finally nearing an end.VIERA, Fla. -- Nationals top prospect Stephen Strasburg pitched for the first time since leaving big league camp, striking out nine batters in 4 1-3 shutout innings of an intrasquad minor league game Wednesday. The 21-year-old right-hander walked three and allowed one hit. He threw 79 pitches, 46 for strikes, and was taken out after walking two batters in the fifth inning. "You get out of rhythm, you get a little sped up, and its going to cause you to fall off to one side or the other, but Im just going out there and getting my work in," Strasburg said when asked about his control issues in the fifth. "I knew exactly what happened," he added. "Its happened time and time before, so I know what to do to fix it, and I just got to remember to keep the same tempo and rhythm that I had the first four innings out there." The No. 1 overall pick in Junes amateur draft, who signed a record US$15.1-million contract in August, also had one plate appearance Wednesday, sacrificing a runner to second base. Strasburg was optioned to double-A Harrisburg on Saturday despite having been Washingtons best starter in exhibition games. General manager Mike Rizzo and team president Stan Kasten watched Strasburg pitch Wednesday in Viera, before making the drive over to Tampa for the Nationals night game against the New York Yankees. The Nationals are cconsidering having Strasburg pitch for them in an April 3 exhibition game against the Boston Red Sox at Nationals Park in Washington. Eric Weddle Jersey. . "I have given it thought," Rizzo said. "We havent made a decision yet." As for moving from the major league side to the minor league side of camp, Strasburg said: "The big difference is when you know youre going to be facing your own team, its a little more regulated. Its hard to really get excited, get your adrenaline going for the game." Nationals centre fielder Nyjer Morgan, who is nursing a strained hamstring, also played Wednesday, going 0 for 4. He did not face Strasburg. NOTE: The Nationals brought back RHP Mike MacDougal, agreeing to terms Wednesday on a minor league contract with the pitcher who ended last season as their closer. MacDougal was released by the Marlins on Tuesday and will join the Nationals on Thursday. He had 20 saves in 21 chances last season, had arthroscopic surgery on his right hip in October, then became a free agent in December, when Washington decided not to offer him a 2010 contract. Asked about the hip, GM Mike Rizzo said the Nationals "think thats healthy," but he also said that with less than two weeks left in spring training, "something extraordinary would have to happen for him to break camp with the club." ' ' '  

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