Joe Johnson put on on a headband, and suddenly he was shooting and scoring like he hadn't in six weeks.

It's most likely a coincidence, but his Hawks teammates weren't taking any chances.

"He wanted to take it off at halftime," Hawks center Al Horford said, "but we were like, 'No!'"

Johnson kept on the headband and continued to pour it on the Bucks. He scored 36 points to lead the Hawks to a 110-85 victory Tuesday night at Philips Arena.

Johnson broke out of his recent funk by jolting the Hawks with 28 points in the first half. They went on to score their most points since they beat New York 111-102 on Jan. 28.

Johnson, who made 13 of 19 shots, might want to stick with the new look just in case.

"I guess it worked for me," Johnson said. "I don't know. I'm not a headband kind of guy. For right now I have to wear it."

Johnson wore the headband to protect an infected wound over his right ear. A spot of blood bled through a bandage wrapped around his head during the Hawks' shootaround earlier Tuesday.

Johnson said he didn't suffer the injury on the court, but wouldn't elaborate.

"Just a little mishap. Nothing major," Johnson said. "I will be all right."

Whatever happened, the injury (and the headband) didn't cause Johnson any trouble with his shot. He made his first two field goals, missed his next two shots, and then made five consecutive 3-pointers as the Hawks raced to a 48-25 lead in the second quarter.