Kyrie Irving scored 20 of his 28 points in the second half to help the Brooklyn Nets beat the Atlanta Hawks short-handed 108-107 on Wednesday and extend their winning streak to 10 games.
The Nets have the longest winning streak in the NBA and are the first team this season to win 10 games in a row. Brooklyn also had the third-longest winning streak in franchise history and improved their run in December to a league-best 11-1 record.
Brooklyn overcame Atlanta 12-2 to start the fourth quarter and lead by 13 points but failed to disqualify the Hawks. The Hawks had a chance to draw with 29.9 seconds left, but Dejounte Murray only made one of two free throws. Murray then missed a decisive blow to the whistle.
Irving was 11 to 22 on the field with 5 3 points and 8 assists. Kevin Durant scored 26 points, had 16 rebounds and 8 assists. Nic Claxton added 17 points, 10 rebounds and 6 saves.
The Hawks played without three starts – top counter-attackers Clint Capela (right calf strain), De’Andre Hunter (left ankle sprain) and Trae Young (left calf injury), who lead the team with an average of 27.3 points and 9.9 assists. That trio accounted for 54.3 points per game in a team that averaged 114.3.
Atlanta took the lead with Murray’s 24 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. John Collins finished with 21 points and 8 bounces. Bogdan Bogdanovic and Jalen Johnson each scored 14 points.
The Hawks shot 52% away in the first half and took a 63-56 lead after halftime. Atlanta took a 15-point lead when Bogdanovic hit a 3-pointer to 4:28, only to let Brooklyn go 13-5 ahead of the Hawks to close the first half. Patty Mills scored 12 points in the first half with 3 to 3 on 3 pointers and 3 to 3 on the foul line.
Atlanta plays again Friday at home against the Los Angeles Lakers. Brooklyn completed the three-game trip on Saturday in Charlotte.
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