Jeff Teague capped an 18-3 run with a 3-point play with 6:20 to play in the fourth quarter as the Hawks beat the visiting Boston Celtics 121-97. After losing four of five games, the Hawks showed signs of possibly breaking out of their recent slump with a convincing performance.
Paul Millsap matched Avery Bradley with a game-high 25 points while adding nine rebounds and three assists. Millsap (plus-20), Al Horford (plus-25) and Kyle Korver (plus-24) were all plus-20 or better. Aside from Millsap’s offensive outburst, scoring was balanced among the remaining starters as all five scored in double figures. Horford had 11 points with four rebounds and four assists. Korver scored 15 on 3-for-3 shooting from 3-point range with seven rebounds and three assists. Jeff Teague scored 16 points with nine assists and two steals.
Thabo Sefolosha, in his second start for the year, scored a season-high 15 points with seven rebounds and three assists, steals and blocks. He has set season highs in scoring in consecutive games after scoring 13 points in Cleveland on Saturday.
“I thought Thabo came out and set a tone,” said Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer. “He was active and he was everywhere.” Continue Reading…