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In a sign of how frustrating Saturday night's 83-77 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks was for the Atlanta Hawks, Alan Henderson threw the ball nearly 100 feet over a grandstand after not getting a call during the third quarter.

And in an unintentional show of marksmanship, the ball hit teammate Dikembe Mutombo's daughter in the head.

Mutombo's adopted daughter, Nancy, 13, was treated by local medical personnel and was not hospitalized. Police on the scene said she was woozy after being hit in the face by the ball, which bounced before it hit her.

Henderson later visited her at the first-aid station and apologized but did not answer questions from the media.

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  • Neither team shot the ball well, but Milwaukee's Glenn Robinson made one that counted. His pull-up jumper from 14 feet with 53.1 seconds left was the game-winner, even if it almost didn't go in.

    The ball hit the front of the rim and bounced about five feet straight up before dropping through.

    "It felt good out of my hand, so I was surprised it hit the rim," said Robinson, who led all scorers with 21 points. "Sometimes you shoot shots that you know are good when they leave your hand, and that was one of them."

    The Bucks shot just 43 percent from the field, but still took sole possession of second place in the Central Division. Dell Curry and Chris Gatling scored 12 points apiece for the Bucks.

    In just his fourth NBA start, Chris Crawford led the Hawks with 15 points while Steve Smith added 14 for Atlanta, which had won five of its last six games.

    But Atlanta shot just 37 percent and turned the ball over 25 times, leading to 28 Milwaukee points.

    "We were just watching each other and not playing basketball," said Atlanta point guard Mookie Blaylock, who had six turnovers and no assists. "We were watching the game instead of playing the ame, and you're not going to win like that."

    With the score tied at 73-73 in the final two minutes, the Hawks had their chance to score in a final flurry that had them grabbing three offensive rebounds but failing to score.

    On their next trip, Robinson hit his jumper to make it 75-73, and after Atlanta missed a 3-pointer, Smith thought he blocked Ray Allen's shot cleanly but was called for the foul.

    Allen, who hadn't scored all game, hit 3-of-4 in the last 18 seconds to ice it for Milwaukee.

    "They're a good defensive team, everyone knows that," Milwaukee coach George Karl said of the sloppy play. "But the bad shooting, well, the NBA is not shooting very well right now. I don't know if that's because the players haven't gotten the practice, or if there's something else at work here."

    Notes: Milwaukee guard Sam Cassell, acquired earlier this month from New Jersey in a blockbuster three-team deal that also involved Minnesota, has not played yet for the Bucks... Milwaukee coach George Karl, who has had to adjust to trades and injuries all season, used his seventh different starting lineup Saturday. ... Saturday's game was the Hawks' fifth in the Georgia Dome. They are 3-2 at the Dome and 3-4 at their other home court Alexander Memorial Coliseum at Georgia Tech. They are 8-5 on the road.

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