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Five observations (and then some) from 110-91 win over Pacers

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Al Horford gives some fans a thumbs up in the final minute of a 110-91 victory over the Pacers for the Hawks 14th consecutive victory Wednesday. At right is Kyle Korver with a smile. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

 

As the Hawks are in the middle of such an impressive streak, there are plenty of things that go unnoticed. Sure, there is the franchise record tying 14-game winning streak. There is the streak of wins in 28 of the past 30 games. There is the 30-1 record when they hold a lead of at least 10 points at any point during a game, something they have done in each of the 14 games on the current win streak.

Here are several other notes of interest following the Hawks’ 110-91 in over the Pacers Wednesday night.

* The Hawks led wire-to-wire. It was the sixth time they have done so this season. They did it four times combined in the past two seasons.

* The lead in the Eastern Conference is up to 6 games over the Wizards, 7.5 over the Raptors, 8 over the Bulls, 12 over the Cavaliers, 13 over the Bucks, 16.5 over the Heat and Nets.

* The Nets are a half-game ahead of the Hornets for the final playoff spot in the conference. Remember, the Hawks have the right to swap first-round picks (not lottery protected) with the Nets this year, the final piece of the Joe Johnson trade.

* The Hawks swept the season series with the Pacers.

* The assists keep coming. The Hawks assisted on 30 of their 39 field goals against the Pacers. It’s the 11th time this season they have recorded 30 or more assists in a game, including in six of the past seven games.

* The average margin of victory during the 14-game win streak is 12 points.

* The Hawks are three wins shy of matching last year’s win total of 38.

* The Hawks tied a franchise record, done twice this season, with eight different players making at least one 3-pointer. DeMarre Carroll (3), Pero Antic (3), Kyle Korver (2) and Paul Millsap, Jeff Teague, Thabo Sefolosha, Dennis Schroder and John Jenkins (1) all hit from long range.

* The Hawks remain the NBA’s top team for fewest points allowed, averaging 96.1 points per game.

* The Hawks are seventh in the league for most points scored, averaging 103.2.

* With 17 points and 11 assists, Teague recorded his seventh double-double of the season and 39th point/assist double-double of his career, sixth in franchise history.

* Al Horford is shooting .765 (39 of 51) from the field in his past five games.

* Korver is shooting.620 (31 of 50) from 3-point range in the past eight games.

* Korver wasn’t the only surprise dunker in Wednesday’s win. Antic drove for a two-handed slam. When asked about it after the game, Antic referenced the video highlights of career dunks by Dominique Wilkins shown during the game. “You put the Dominique Wilkins video up, I have to dunk.” Television broadcaster Bob Rathbun told Antic after the game that Wilkins only have Antic of 5 out of 10 on the dunk but that he talked him up to a 7. “Tell him he’s not my friend anymore,” Antic joked.


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