Hawks Hold Off Late Nuggets Rally In 117-106 Win

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Hawks head out to the West Coast for their final games before the All-Star break with a victory after continuing their winning ways at home against the Denver Nuggets.

Dennis Schroder had 24 points and 10 assists as the Hawks, up by 20 points early in the third quarter, withstood a Nuggets rally for a 117-106 victory Wednesday night.

Denver was within four points with less than two minutes remaining, but Paul Millsap completed a three-point play and Schroder hit a pair of free throws to put the Hawks (31-22) back in control.

Millsap had 23 points as Atlanta placed seven players in double figures. Tim Hardaway Jr. and Kent Bazemore each scored 14 points, while Dwight Howard had 11 points and 13 rebounds.

It was the Hawks’ fifth straight victory over the Nuggets in Atlanta and gave them a sweep of the season series.

Wilson Chandler scored 24 points for the Nuggets (23-29) and Nikola Jokic contributed 18 points and 15 rebounds. Will Barton scored 17 points off the bench, but was 0 of 9 from behind the 3-point arc as the Nuggets went 13 of 44 from deep.

It was a strange three-game homestand for the Hawks, who never trailed in a victory over Orlando on Saturday and never led against Utah on Monday.

The Hawks were up 72-55 at intermission against the Nuggets while posting their highest total for a half this season.

Atlanta, which hit its first four 3-point attempts, had four players in double figures by the break while shooting 56 percent overall and making 7 of 14 from behind the arc.

Schroder had 12 of his 18 first-half points in the opening quarter as the Hawks jumped out to a 39-30 lead and also had six assists by the break.

Bazemore made all three of his 3-point attempts had had 13 points at intermission, while Millsap and Hardaway each scored 10.

Chandler had 15 points at halftime and Barton scored 13 off the bench despite missing all six of his 3-point attempts. The Nuggets were 6 of 22 from behind the arc in the first half.

Denver made 4 of 9 3-point attempts in the third quarter and took advantage of seven Hawks turnovers to get within 98-87 going into the final quarter.

NOTES: The Nuggets were without starters F Danilo Gallinari (groin) and G Emmanuel Mudiay (back). Gallinari missed his fourth straight game and Mudiay didn’t play for the fourth time in the past seven games. … F Kenneth Faried returned to the Denver lineup after missing a game for personal reasons. … G/F Thabo Sefolosha (groin) missed his sixth game in a row for the Hawks. “I would say we are hopeful of him playing before the All-Star break,” coach Mike Budenholzer said. … The Hawks signed G/F Lamar Patterson to a second 10-day contract. … Atlanta scored the last nine points — all at the foul line — to win 109-108 at Denver on Dec. 23. … The Hawks open a three-game trip to the West Coast on Friday at Sacramento. … The Nuggets play the New York Knicks on Friday in the middle of a three-game swing.

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