The Hawks have had a fairly high-octane offense for most of this year, even if it wasn't reflected in their record. They entered Monday's contest against the Miami Heat with a record of 20-19, but were leading the league in assists poer game and were averaging over 102 points per game.
On Monday, it was a race to get to 120 points first, as the Hawks and Heat kept a fast pace for 48 minutes. The Hawks managed to hold on for a 121-114 victory, despite 30 points from LeBron James and 21 points from Chris Bosh.
The win for Atlanta broke a nine-game losing streak against Miami.
Paul Millsap had 26 points and seven rebounds for Atlanta, coming through down the stretch as the go-to option in the post. Millsap hit 10 of 11 free throws while also making 8 of 13 shots from the floor. The Hawks did well keeping the ball moving, with 33 assists compared to just 13 turnovers. Shelvin Mack had seven of those assists off the bench, while Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver each had six.
DeMarre Carroll had 19 points for Atlanta, including three 3-pointers. Pero Antic, moved into a starting role since Al Horford's injury, had 17 points and six rebounds. Kyle korver, with 12 points, hit a three to extend his NBA-record consecutive games streak of making a three-pointer to 109 games.
The Hawks, now 21-19, are back to third place in the Eastern Conference. They sit far back of Indiana (12 games) and are ahead of a three-way tie between Toronto, Washington, and Chicago by one game.
The Hawks are traveling to Orlando to face the Magic (11-31) tonight at 7:00 PM.