ATLANTA (Sporting Alert) — Paul Millsap scored 21 points and led five of his teammates into double-digit scoring and the Atlanta Hawks secured a 105-99 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night.
Millsap, who shot 6-of-14 from the floor, also grabbed eight rebounds and three steals in 36 minutes of action on the court, as the Hawks extended its win streak to 18 straight games.
Al Horford had 17 points, eight rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks for an all-round package, while Kyle Korver finished with 16 points and six boards in the victory for Atlanta, which shot 47.6 percent on 40-84 shooting.
Jeff Teague added 13 points, eight assists and seven boards, with Kent Bazemore collecting 12 points off the bench for the Hawks (39-8, 22-3 home), who replaced the Golden State Warriors as the club with the best record in the NBA this season.
LaMarcus Aldridge led the way for the Trail Blazers with 37 points on 15-of-24 shooting. The All-Star forward also pulled down 11 rebounds on the night.
“This Hawks teams is good,” Aldridge admitted. “We could have played better, but they’re good.
“Defensively, they’re definitely better than what people think.”
Wesley Matthews finished with 16 points and Damian Lillard ended with 13 points and 11 assists for Portland (32-15, 12-10 away).
The Trail Blazers, who ended the night shooting 44.8 percent from the floor, were suffering back-to-back defeats after going down 99-94 to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday.
The team has also dropped four of the last five games and seven in the last nine.
At the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, FL, the Charlie Villanueva connected on 6 of his 11 three-point attempts to score a season-high 20 points and lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 93-72 victory over the Miami Heat, which played without Dwyane Wade and Luol Deng.
Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis each finished with 12 points, while Tyson Chandler had 11 points and 13 boards for Dallas (31-17, 17-9 away).
Hassan Whiteside, who pulled down 10 rebounds in the opening four-minutes, collected 24 overall and scored 16 points for the Heat, who led 45-32 at halftime, but scored just 27 points in the last two quarters.
James Ennis had 15 points, Chris Bosh contributed 12 and Mario Chalmers scored 10 for Miami (20-26, 8-15 home), which sits seventh in the Eastern Conference Standings.