Millsap, Teague help Hawks rally past Denver 97-92

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 15, 2014 at 10:19 pm •  Published: March 15, 2014
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ATLANTA (AP) — After losing 14 of 15 games, the Atlanta Hawks seem to be getting their mojo back.

Paul Millsap says it's been a long time coming.

"Yeah, we're due for it," he said. "We got a few (loose) balls. We got a few calls. Things just went our way in foul situations when it's been the other team getting breaks."

Millsap had 24 points and 11 rebounds, Jeff Teague added 15 points and 10 assists, and the Atlanta Hawks rallied for their third straight win with a 97-92 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night.

Kenneth Faried finished with 25 points and Wilson Chandler scored 12 for the Nuggets, who were coming off a dramatic victory Friday at two-time defending champion Miami.

Kyle Korver, who hit a pair of free throws in the closing seconds to make it 96-92, had 18 points and Pero Antic added 16 for Atlanta.

Denver erased a 21-point deficit in the third quarter to take its first lead at 81-80 lead on Darrell Arthur's two free throws with 7:10 remaining.

But Teague hit a 3 with 3:59 remaining that put the Hawks up 89-87 and followed with a long jumper to make it 91-89 at the 1:51 mark.

"Every team has big wins," Arthur said in reference to the victory at Miami. "(With) the good teams, it's consistent, and we haven't been consistent all year. We can beat anybody. We just don't."

Ty Lawson, Denver's leading scorer this season, handed out 11 assists, but went 0 for 12 from the field and finished with just two points.

Before winning Monday at Utah, the Hawks had dropped from third to eighth in the Eastern Conference during their 1-14 stretch. The Hawks are 3½ games ahead of New York for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

Atlanta's three-game winning streak is its longest since beating the Jazz on Dec. 20.

"We knew they were going to make a run, but I think our mindset was just going back to being an aggressive team," said DeMarre Carroll, who had 11 points, 10 rebounds, four steals and three assists for the Hawks. "I think our biggest thing is we just have to keep staying aggressive for the entire game instead of just for 36 minutes or 40 minutes."

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