The Atlanta Hawks reeled off their fourth straight victory with a 116-98 home triumph over the Denver Nuggets. The victory secured (because it really matters, apparently) the season sweep of the Nuggets, who were minus Danilo Gallinari and Kenneth Faried last night.
The Nuggets were led by D.J. Augustin’s 17 points off the bench, and Joffrey Lauvergne’s 16 points. Meanwhile for the Hawks, Paul Millsap notched his second consecutive double-double — 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Tim Hardaway Jr.’s first start
To the surprise of nearly everyone, Kent Bazemore was ruled out of last night’s game with a knee injury. This certainly came as a shock, since any sort of injury didn’t seem apparent during the Pistons game just the night before — nor were there any comments post game suggesting any sort of injury.
In Bazemore’s place, Tim Hardaway Jr. was given the starting nod and he slotted into the shooting guard role while Kyle Korver shifted to small forward. It’s the kind of opportunity that THJ has waited for all season long and he did not disappoint. He produced a game high 21 points (on 6-of-11 shooting and 2-of-4 from behind the arc), seven rebounds, and four assists in 29 minutes of action.