The Atlanta Hawks just keep on winning and they aren't showing any signs of slowing down anytime soon. The Hawks extended their winning streak to 12 straight games Saturday night with a 107-99 win over the Chicago Bulls. Atlanta sweeps their four-game road trip while improving to 33-8 on the season.
I am running out of adjectives to describe just how well the Hawks have played over the last month and a half. It doesn't matter if they are playing good teams or bad teams, or if they are at home or away. The Hawks just do whatever it takes to win and it has been a beautiful thing to watch.
"I think they enjoy sharing the ball. They enjoy playing with each other," Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer said, "and they know that they'll all reap the benefits of it if everybody plays unselfishly."
If you want to get to the root of Atlanta's success then the word "unselfish" is the starting point. Its not an accident that the Hawks are second in the league in assists and piled up 31 more Saturday against the Bulls. Atlanta shot 48 percent from the field and topped 100 points for the first time in a long time at the United Center. That has to be confidence boost should these two teams meet in the postseason.
Kyle Korver knocks down a season-high seven three-pointers
There were so many good offensive contributions on Saturday but Kyle Korver's 24 points stand out. Korver knocked down a season-best seven three-pointers going 7-10 from the field and 7-9 from three-point range.
As you can see from Korver's shot chart, he did damage from a variety of spots on the floor. Korver is in the midst of a remarkable shooting season. He's at 52 percent from the field overall, 54 percent from three-point range and 92 percent from the free throw line. Its no wonder we seem surprised anytime that he misses.
Al Horford continues his torrid stretch
Al Horford had another big night against the Bulls with 22 points, nine rebounds and four assists. It was the latest in a string of solid performances by the big fella who is settling into a nice groove. Horford knocked down 11-14 shots on Saturday and is shooting a ridiculous 84 percent from the field over his last three games.
In three games on the road trip, Horford averaged 21.7 points, eight rebounds and 6.3 assists. After a slow start to the season, Horford's numbers have increased month-by-month. He's averaging 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists in January. As he improves so do the Hawks which at this point is hard to imagine.
Shelvin Mack's injury puts damper on win
The only negative for the Hawks on the trip came in the second quarter on Saturday when Shelvin Mack pulled up with a calf strain. Mack limped to the bench area and eventually to the locker room and he did not return to the game. The severity of the injury isn't known and the Hawks will update his status sometime before Monday's game.
It was a bit of a surprise to see Mack get playing time in the first half as he has been regulated of late to third-string point guard duty behind Dennis Schröder. That led to questions about Schröder's health and availability. During the broadcast, it was reported that Schröder wasn't playing due to a coach's decision but Mike Budenholzer admitted in the post game that he rested Dennis due to a minor injury.
CMB admitted postgame that Dennis Schroder was injured Friday. Expects him to play Monday. #ATLHawks— Chris Vivlamore (@CVivlamoreAJC) January 18, 2015
With two point guards out, Kent Bazemore was pressed into emergency duty behind Jeff Teague.