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Atlanta Hawks Win 17th Straight to Set Franchise Record

The Atlanta Hawks weren’t supposed to be this good were they?

On Wednesday, the Hawks extended their franchise-record winning streak to 17 games by defeating the Brooklyn Nets 113-102 in Atlanta led by six players who scored in double figures.

Paul Millsap led the way with 28 points and 15 rebounds while Al Horford added 20 points with 10 rebounds.

The Hawks, who have won 31 of their last 33 games, improved their overall record to 38-8 to give them a commanding seven game lead in the Eastern Conference.

Photo: Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap driving the ball against Brooklyn’s Kevin Garnett in Atlanta’s 113-102 victory (Source: Instagram)

After the game, Millsap was interviewed coming off the floor and talked about why his team is on such a hot streak.

“We’re playing as a unit, we’re playing as a team. Guys are enjoying playing with each other. We’re having fun out there. Our offense is predicated on spacing so you have to be able to knock down jumpshots if you’re a big.

“We’ve got tremendous shooters. Guys who can stretch the floor and can also put it on the ground and make plays.”

When asked about his head coach Mike Budenholzer, Millsap praised him for his ability to communicate with the players.

“One of his greatest strengths is communication,” said Millsap. He’s definitely a communicator. He gives us tons of confidence. With Coach Bud, he has a good balance of a great coach. Communication. Motivator. Teacher. He has a good balance of it all. We appreciate everything that he does for us.”

The Hawks played before a national audience on ESPN and didn’t disappoint. The game was relatively close until the 4th quarter when the Hawks finally pulled away, leading by as many as 15.

Kyle Korver scored 17, including five three-pointers, Jeff Teague and Dennis Schroder had 13 each and DeMarre Carroll chipped in 12 on a very balanced scoring night for the NBA’s hottest team.

During their current winning streak, the Atlanta Hawks have held a double-digit lead in each game and 33-1 this season when they lead a game by at least 10 points.

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