Basket - East top seed Hawks overwhelm Milwaukee

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 30: DeMarre Carroll #5 of the Atlanta Hawks shoots against Michael Carter-Williams #5 of the Milwaukee Bucks at Philips Arena on March 30, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP (AFP Photo/Kevin C. Cox)

- DeMarre Carroll scored a game-high 23 points as the Atlanta Hawks, already assured of the best record in the NBA Eastern Conference, ripped the Milwaukee Bucks 101-88 on Monday. Al Horford scored 18 points while Paul Millsap contributed 15 points and nine rebounds and Carroll added eight rebounds as the Hawks improved to 56-18, 4 1/2 games behind Golden State for the top record in the league. The Bucks dropped their 11th consecutive road game despite Zaza Pachulia's 17 points and game-high 13 rebounds against his former club. The Hawks own a homecourt edge throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs and are the only club that could deny the overall playoff home court edge from going to Golden State (60-13). At 36-38, the Bucks remained sixth in the Eastern Conference, three games ahead of Boston in the eighth and final East playoff position.