The Atlanta Hawks were finally going to lose. The Portland Trail Blazers led by 5 points after 3 buliding and for once a Hawks looked off, incompetent to gain on a lulls and mistakes of an opponent. Then a fourth entertain started. Atlanta flipped a switch. The Hawks went on a 10-2 run to start a final support before outlasting a Trail Blazers in a back-and-forth flurry to win their 18th true game, 105-99.
Once again, it was a group bid for a Hawks. Their 3 All-Stars were superb. Paul Millsap had 21 points and 8 rebounds. Al Horford scored 17 and grabbed 8 boards. Jeff Teague had 13 points and 8 assists and took over down a stretch. Kyle Korver didn’t make a All-Star cut, yet continued his ancestral sharpened season, scoring 16 points while going 5-for-7 from a floor.
It was some-more than a stars who done a disproportion for a Hawks, though. Fantastic showings off a dais by Kent Bazemore and Mike Scott keyed Atlanta. Bazemore had 12 points on 5-for-6 sharpened in 40 minutes, while Scott scored 11 points — 8 of that came in a fourth — in 14 minutes.
In all, 6 players scored in double total for a Hawks. It was a sixth true diversion in that during slightest 5 Hawks scored in double digits. In a stream 18-game winning streak, 5 players have scored during slightest 10 points in 14 of those games. With a register full of able players and an offense of unselfish round movement, it’s easy for a new favourite to emerge each night.
The Trail Blazers had a favourite Friday, he only wasn’t enough. LaMarcus Aldridge valid his All-Star preference was worthy, scoring 37 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Damian Lillard, on a other hand, struggled a day after he was snubbed from a West’s All-Star squad. He had 13 points and 11 assists, yet was only 6-for-20 sharpened from a margin and 1-for-9 from three-point land, all with 6 turnovers.
On a night that was full of weird NBA results, a Hawks continued to do what is approaching of them: win. And with a Golden State Warriors losing to a Utah Jazz, a Hawks now have a best record in a NBA.
3 other things we learned
It was an odd, peculiar night in a NBA. The New Orleans Pelicans kick a Los Angeles Clippers yet Anthony Davis. The Utah Jazz led a Golden State Warriors by as many as 19 in a 110-100 win. And a Dallas Mavericks outscored a Miami Heat, 60-27, in a second half of their 93-72 win. It didn’t stop there, a Toronto Raptors snuck by a Brooklyn Nets, 127-122, in OT after heading by as many as 17 in law and a Houston Rockets scored only nine points in a third entertain yet still hold on to kick a Boston Celtics, 93-87. Teams have off nights, it’s only singular to see so many influenced on a same day. Well, everybody solely a Hawks.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are streaking, too. It’s not 18 games in a row, yet a Cavaliers have won 9 true after violence a Sacramento Kings, 101-90. They are climbing adult a Eastern Conference ranks and looking like a dangerous group they were approaching to be when a deteriorate started. Kevin Love finally took his spin as a tip actor of Cleveland’s Big Three, scoring 23 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. LeBron James had 19 points and 7 assists on a night when a Cavaliers entirely outclassed a Kings. DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points and 13 rebounds on a day it was announced he would take Kobe Bryant’s mark in a All-Star game, yet couldn’t keep a Kings close.
The Phoenix Suns aren’t going anywhere in a Western Conference playoff picture. A 99-93 win over a Chicago Bulls changed a 28-20 Suns 2.5 games forward of a Pelicans and 4 forward of a Oklahoma City Thunder for a final playoff mark in a West. Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe had 21 points every to lead a Suns, who led by as many as 16 during a game. The Bulls done it close, yet a quick, high-powered offense of a Suns was too most notwithstanding a shock from a Bulls in a final minute. The Morris twins were excellent. Markieff had 12 points and 14 rebounds, while Marcus had 12 points and 5 play off a bench. The Bulls, meanwhile, continued their unsuitable play amid rumored misunderstanding between Tom Thibodeau and Bulls ownership. Derrick Rose had 23 points on 8-for-23 sharpened and 3 assists, while Jimmy Butler continued his illusory deteriorate with 22 points and 7 rebounds.
Play of a night
Derrick Rose has been creation headlines some-more for his scoring than his flitting as of late, yet a man can still distribute. This play happens fast out of a burst ball. Rose’s justice prophesy and discerning meditative can’t be praised adequate on this possession. Most impressive, though, is that Jimmy Butler incited that into an alley-oop. Rose zinged a pass toward a bucket and a athleticism of Butler authorised him to obstacle it out of a atmosphere during a accurate right impulse to impact it home all in one motion.