Al Horford had 33 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 120-105 victory over visiting Chicago, snapping the Bulls’ winning streak at six games.
ATLANTA – Al Horford thinks the Atlanta Hawks are finally showing how good they can be.
“Moving the ball, hustling on defense and trying to do it consistently — as a team, I feel like we have some lapses in those areas,” Horford said. “When we’re able to be more consistent on the defensive end, we’re just a totally different team.”
Horford scored a season-high 33 points and had 10 rebounds, Paul Millsap added 18 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Chicago Bulls 120-105 on Saturday night.
Jimmy Butler scored 14 of his 27 points in the third quarter and Nikola Mirotic had 24 points for Chicago, but the Bulls had their winning streak snapped at six games.
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Atlanta has won two straight after dropping three of four.
“We kind of get it going and then we lose a couple, that type of thing,” Horford said. “I think we need to just focus on the next game. We can’t look too far ahead. I feel like when we start having success then maybe we do that a little bit and then we get in trouble and lose a couple in a row.”
The Hawks improved to 23-15 and are tied for the second-most victories in the Eastern Conference, but they haven’t been able to play consistently at the high level that pushed them to a No. 1 seed in the East last season.
At least for one night, they did.
“We got up and down, guys were running the floor, we rolled to the basket, got easy lobs and things like that,” Jeff Teague said after finishing with 12 points and six assists.
Chicago dropped to 22-13.
• Chris Paul contributed 25 points and seven assists and the Los Angeles Clippers extended their winning streak to eight games with a 97-83 victory over the visiting Charlotte Hornets.
Los Angeles is 7-0 since leading scorer Blake Griffin went down with a partially torn tendon in his left quad. Overall, the Clippers are 19-8 when the five-time All-Star forward has been sidelined because of injury or suspension.
“I think it’s because we all had to step up by committee,” Paul said. “We’re moving the ball and putting a huge emphasis on defense.”
Clippers officials announced they have recalled guard C.J. Wilcox, a former Washington Huskies standout, from the Canton Charge of the D-League.
Jeremy Lin scored 26 points for the Hornets, who have lost a season-worst six in a row.
• John Wall had 24 points and 10 assists to help the visiting Washington Wizards defeat the Orlando Magic for the 12th straight time, 105-99. The victory ended a three-game losing streak for the Wizards.
The Magic was led by Nikola Vucevic, who had 23 points and nine rebounds.
• Kyle Lowry scored 10 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and DeMar DeRozan added 19 points to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 108-95 victory over the host Philadelphia 76ers.
Ish Smith scored a career-high 28 points and rookie Jahlil Okafor had 19 for Philadelphia, which dropped to 4-35. The 76ers have lost 11 straight games to Toronto.
• Andre Drummond had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and the host Detroit Pistons pulled away at the beginning of the fourth quarter for their third straight victory, 103-89 over the Brooklyn Nets.
• Gordon Hayward scored a season-high 34 points and the host Utah Jazz beat the Miami Heat 98-83 to end a three-game losing streak.
• Stephen Curry scored 38 points, Draymond Green added 25 and the Golden State Warriors defeated host Sacramento 128-116 for their sixth consecutive victory.