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Zaza Pachulia Had Confrontation With Bucks Players After Game

uspw_7022622After the Atlanta Hawks beat the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night, 103-102, a little scuffle happened. Here’s the Atlanta Journal-Constitution with the report:

Following the game, Sanders grabbed Zaza Pachulia from behind as the team’s came together at midcourt. The Bucks were upset after Pachulia was called for a Flagrant Foul I earlier in the fourth quarter on John Henson.

Pachulia would not discuss the post-game issue other than to say, “They are mad because they lost.”

Zaza Pachulia isn’t exactly one to be messed with; the guy isn’t small and is one of the more physical centers in the league. As mentioned, Pachulia committed a flagrant foul on John Henson. Then Samuel Dalembert got in Pachulia’s face.

Pachulia had this explanation.

“I was just trying to foul him,” Pachulia said. “He had a wide-open layup. It was a crucial situation and I didn’t want to give him the layup. The explanation was that I hit him in the face. I was just trying not to let him score. When two big guys come together, there is contact. There was nothing intentional. If my hand came to his face that’s because there was contact. I’m not worried about it. We won the game. It was a great game.”

The Bucks were up by double digits in the fourth quarter but the Hawks went on a furious rally. It was topped by Al Horford’s game-winning hook shot with 5.9 seconds left, giving the Hawks an important victory. The Bucks kept up with the middle tier of the East and stayed in the sixth seed at 31-23. The Bucks have lost their third straight game and are 26-28. But they’re still 3.5 games ahead of the Sixers for the eighth spot. Also, J.J. Redick made his Milwaukee debut and went for 16 points and seven assists.

The Hawks play next at Detroit (who got blown out by the Pacers on back-to-back games) on Monday night while the Bucks play at Dallas on Tuesday night.

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Rey Moralde is a Southern California native who has a passion for basketball, old-school video games, sushi, and terrible pop music.

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