Trans. Dec 6 7:23 ET (Dec 6 7:23 ET ) Paul Millsap finished with 16 points and recorded 14 rebounds, his seventh double-double of the season, to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a blowout victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, 108-89. The Hawks put together a very efficient performance, turning it over on only 12 possessions while totaling 31 assists. This is the second win in as many games for Atlanta (11-10) after beating Los Angeles on Wednesday. Other top performers for Atlanta were Al Horford with 22 points and 9 rebounds, Jeff Teague with 13 points and 6 assists, and DeMarre Carroll with 10 points and 8 rebounds.
Jared Sullinger didn't feel as though he had a choice. Sullinger chose Door No. 1 which resulted in him being hit with a Flagrant-1 foul when he whacked Atlanta's DeMarre Carroll at the 6:14 mark of the third quarter. Upon watching the replay, it appears as though Sullinger made contact with Carroll's head on the play. "I went for the ball," Sullinger told reporters after the game.
Paul Millsap finished with 19 and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Detroit Pistons, 93-85. Atlanta (7-5) gets one in the win column after losing to Miami on Tuesday. Other top performers for Atlanta were Jeff Teague with 18 points and 7 assists, DeMarre Carroll with 11 points and 12 rebounds, and Al Horford with 10 points and 8 rebounds. Despite the loss, Brandon Jennings put up 21 points for Detroit on 9-21 shooting, including 3-6 from behind the arc.
Paul Millsap, signed in the offseason to replace Josh Smith, had 19 points to steal the spotlight in Smith's return to Atlanta, leading the Hawks to a 93-85 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. Smith, who signed with Detroit after nine seasons with the Hawks, had 11 points while shooting 5 of 15 from the field. The Hawks pulled away after leading 66-64 through three quarters. Jeff Teague scored 18 points and DeMarre Carroll had 11 points and a career-high 12 rebounds.
First-year Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer has been trying to convince Jeff Teague to go to the rim as often as possible. Teague had a career-high 33 points and 10 assists, Al Horford added 20 points and Atlanta beat the Philadelphia 76ers 113-103 on Friday night. ''I tried to be more aggressive, attack and play hard to get a win,'' Teague said. It was working out for me tonight.'' DeMarre Carroll finished with a career-high 21 points for Atlanta, which has won three of four.