ATLANTA (Sporting Alert) — Al Horford collected a double-double and four other players scored in double-figures as the Atlanta Hawks beat the Philadelphia 76ers 91-85 to stretch their win streak to 19 games this season.
Horford finished the game with 23 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and three blocks, while shooting 10-of-16 from the field on a solid all-round night for the star center.
“He made a lot of big plays,” Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer told reporters. “When the game got tight, defensively he went to the boards.”
Paul Millsap scored 15 points and pulled down eight rebounds, Dennis Schroder added 15 points, six assists and five boards and Kyle Korver ended with 14 points and five rebounds in the balanced attack for the Hawks (40-8), which improved to 23-3 at home on the season.
Michael Carter-Williams, Luc Mbah a Moute and Jerami Grant all scored 13 points to lead the way for the Sixers (10-38), who had their two-game winning streak snapped.
After scoring 34 points in the first half, including just 10 in the opening quarter, Philadelphia responded with a 51 point second half — with 32 of those coming in the third quarter.
The Hawks, which shot 43.6 percent from the field on Saturday night, have been hitting the headlines all month after posting a 17-0 record in January to become the team “with the best undefeated record in a calendar month in NBA history,” according to Elias Sports Bureau.
Also on Saturday, LeBron James scored 36 points and Kevin Love collected 17 rebounds in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 106-90 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
James, who was 14-of-25 from the floor, scored 16 of his tallied points in the fourth quarter, while Love completed his double-double outing with 14 points in his first return to the Target Center since leaving in a trade deal.
The win saw the Cavaliers extending their winning streak to 10 straight.
Rookie Andrew Wiggins, who was part of the deal that helped to send Love to the Cavs, finished with a career-high 33 points to go with his four steals to lead the way for the Timberwolves (8-39).
“I love a big stage,” Wiggins, who was scoring over 30 points for the second time this season, said.
“I love playing in the spotlight. A lot of fans. Big crowd.”
Thaddeus Young scored 19, Nikola Pekovic had 14 points and 12 rebounds and Kevin Martin added 14 points and six rebounds in the defeat for Minnesota, which was out rebounded 52-35 by the Cavs.
In another NBA score on Saturday, Blake Griffin scored 31 points and 13 rebounds and Chris Paul added 20 points in the Los Angeles Clippers’ 105-85 win over the San Antonio Spurs.
Elsewhere, Toronto Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 120-116 in overtime, Detroit topped Houston 114-101 and Memphis held off Oklahoma City 85-74.
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Atlanta 91, Philadelphia 85
Dallas 108, Orlando 93
Detroit 114, Houston 101
Memphis 85, Oklahoma City 74
Toronto 120, Washington 116 (OT)
Cleveland 106, Minnesota 90
LA Clippers 105, San Antonio 85
Golden State 106, Phoenix 87
Milwaukee 95, Portland 88
Sacramento 99, Indiana 94
Charlotte 104, Denver 86