Thunder become latest victim to fall to Hawks
Paul Millsap scored 22 points, Jeff Teague added 17 and the Atlanta Hawks eclipsed the franchise record with their 15th straight victory, beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 103-93 on Friday night.
Before a raucous sellout crowd, the Hawks won for the 29th time in 31 games to extend their Eastern-best record to 36-8.
As usual, pretty much everyone chipped in.
Four starters were in double figures and backup point guard Dennis Schroder led a spurt at the start of the fourth quarter that helped the Hawks pull away. He finished with 13 points and five assists, igniting the arena with a towering finger roll that dropped gently through the net.
Russell Westbrook led the Thunder with 22 points, but it wasn’t enough to extend their four-game winning streak.
Kevin Durant added 21 points, but Serge Ibaka with 13 was the only other Thunder player in double figures.
Not so for the Hawks. Al Horford had 14 points and 12 rebounds, while DeMarre Carroll chipped in with 13 points. Kyle Korver was the only starter who didn’t reach double figures, but even he chipped in with a play that had everyone talking: another dunk in the waning seconds of the first half that sent the Hawks to the locker room with a 48-47 lead.
They never trailed again.
Schroder led the decisive spurt after Durant started the fourth quarter with a free throw that closed the gap to 79-76. The lightning-quick German scored with a drive, hit two free throws, then laid off a pass that set up Horford’s layin. Schroder’s nifty finger roll capped the 8-0 run that pushed Atlanta to a double-digit lead for the first time, 87-76.
The Thunder trailed by double digits the rest of the way.
Atlanta broke the franchise record set during the 1993-94 season, when they finished with the best record in the East but were upset in the second round of the playoffs.
Thunder: Oklahoma City went on a 10-0 run in the first quarter, forcing the Hawks to call an early timeout. … The Thunder was outrebounded 47-36.
Hawks: Korver went 198 games without a dunk until he slammed one it during Wednesday’s victory over Indiana. Now, he’s got a dunk streak going, pushing his career total to 17. … Atlanta was sloppy with the ball in the first half, turning it over 12 times to set up 16 points for the Thunder.