Hawks make it 20 wins in 21 games with 105-96 victory over Wizards

Hawks make it 20 wins in 21 games with 105-96 victory over Wizards
Atlanta guard Jeff Teague had 26 points in the Hawks' 105-96 win Wednesday over the Washington Wizards. (Curtis Compton / Tribune News Service)

Jeff Teague scored 26 points, Al Horford added 21 and the Atlanta Hawks got back to winning after their first loss in more than a month, pulling away from the Washington Wizards for a 105-96 victory Wednesday night in Atlanta.

The East-leading Hawks were coming off a 115-100 loss at New Orleans that ended their franchise-record, 19-game winning streak. They made sure it didn't turn into a different kind of streak, overcoming a dismal third quarter to beat the Wizards for the third straight time this season.


Teague finished off the Wizards with a drive to the basket, laying the ball in despite getting bounced to the floor by Marcin Gortat. Teague made the free throw to complete the three-point play, giving Atlanta a 103-92 lead with 1 minute 54 seconds remaining.

John Wall had 24 points but it wasn't enough to keep Washington from its season-high fourth straight loss.

Earlier in the day, the Hawks' starters were selected Eastern Conference players of the month for January, a first in NBA history. Atlanta had the first 17-0 month in league history.

at Golden State 128, Dallas 114: Stephen Curry scored 51 points and the Warriors overcame a 24-4 deficit to start the game.

Memphis 100, at Utah 90: Zach Randolph had 18 points and 11 rebounds and the Grizzlies won their eighth game in a row. Marc Gasol added 23 points and Mike Conley had 17 for Memphis.

at San Antonio 110, Orlando 103: Tim Duncan had 26 points and 10 rebounds and the Spurs sent the Magic to its 10th straight loss. Kawhi Leonard scored 18 points and Tony Parker had 15 as San Antonio beat Orlando for the seventh time in a row.

Oklahoma City 102, at New Orleans 91: Russell Westbrook tied a career high with 45 points and the Thunder scored the last 13 points of the game. Kevin Durant sat out for the fourth time in five games with a toe injury. Anthony Davis scored 23 points and had eight rebounds for the Pelicans.

at Houston 101, Chicago 90: James Harden scored 15 of his 27 points in the second quarter and the Rockets made it five wins in six games. Derrick Rose scored 23 for the Bulls, who lost their third in row for the first time all season.

at Minnesota 102, Miami 101: Kevin Martin scored 30 points and the Timberwolves overcame another monster game from the Heat's Hassan Whiteside, who scored a career-high 24 points, grabbed 20 rebounds and set a Miami record by making his first 11 shots.

Brooklyn 109, at Toronto 93: Jarrett Jack scored 24 points, Alan Anderson had 22 and the Nets handed the Raptors their first loss in 10 games against division opponents this season. Kyle Lowry had 13 points and 10 assists and Terrence Ross scored 23 for Toronto.

at Indiana 114, Detroit 109: George Hill returned to the starting lineup and contributed 20 points and six assists for the Pacers, who used a 17-2 run in the third quarter to take a 70-58 lead. Hill made his fourth start of the season, and first in six games, after being sidelined by a strained left groin. Andre Drummond had 18 points and 16 rebounds for the Pistons.

at Boston 104, Denver 100: Jared Sullinger, benched at the start for being late to afternoon shootaround, made two free throws with 22.8 seconds left to break a tie for the Celtics.

at Milwaukee 113, Lakers 105 (OT)