AP -- The defending champions are beginning to look the part again. It wasn't long ago that the Milwaukee Bucks were languishing under .500, but after a seven-game winning streak, they've moved back toward the top of the Eastern Conference standings.

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Milwaukee's run has been overshadowed a bit by Phoenix's 16-game winning streak and Golden State's 18-2 start to the season. But the Bucks — and their conference finals opponents, the Atlanta Hawks — are showing signs that they've shaken off their early struggles.

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