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Bucks At Hawks Score: Joe Johnson Scores 28 As Hawks Take 55-39 Lead Into Half

Joe Johnson is just simply everywhere.

The Atlanta Hawks All-Star is absolutely shredding one of the best defenses in the NBA, posting 28 points in the full 24 minutes of game action to lead the Hawks to a 55-39 lead over the Milwaukee Bucks at the break.

You can hear the Buck-shooting references getting spewed all over SportSouth right now. He's shooting the Bucks. He's spearing the Bucks. He's taking out the bow and arrow on the Bucks. Whatever the reference, one thing is accurate -- Joe Johnson came to play today -- black headband and all.

"I'm just taking what the defense is giving me, man," Johnson told the team's TV telecast at the break. "It's been great. Defensively we've been doing a great job crashing the glass, getting in transition and getting good looks."

The Atlanta shooting guard -- who started this one at small forward -- connected on his first six 3-pointers. He nailed 10-of-14 overall from the field and went to the line just twice in the first two quarters of the basketball game.The 28 points are the most by a Hawks player in the first half this season.

Normally offensively-challenged Milwaukee simply has no answer. They look as docile as a bunch of does. They're not scoring and they're not defending.

Andrew Bogut has 16 points and John Salmons 10 for Milwaukee, which is firing at a 44-percent (18-for-41) clip from the field.

Josh Smith has 10 points for the Hawks, who thanks to Johnson are connecting at 61-percent.

Atlanta just needs to maintain the course and they should easily dispatch of the Bucks in this one.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.