Hawks hold off 76ers for 19th straight win

Atlanta, GA ( - Al Horford had 23 points and 11 rebounds and the Atlanta Hawks held on to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 91-85 on Saturday night to extend their franchise-record winning streak to 19 games.

The NBA-leading Hawks wrapped up a perfect 17-0 January, but it came harder than expected.

They had to battle to stay ahead down the stretch despite leading by 21 points in the second quarter and 15 in the third.

Michael Carter-Williams, Luc Mbah a Moute and Jerami Grant scored 13 points apiece for the Sixers, who were attempting to win three consecutive games for the first time this season.

They made a season-high 14 3-pointers on 35 tries.

Hollis Thompson and Carter-Williams buried 3s to cut into Atlanta's 15-point lead in the third quarter and the Sixers knocked it down to five going into the fourth.

They took a two-point lead on Nerlens Noel's dunk with under three minutes remaining, but Horford tied it at the other end and Dennis Schroder knocked down a straightaway 3-pointer to give the Hawks the lead for good with 1:35 left.

"They came all the way back but coach said just to play our game," said Schroder. "Just keep playing with pace and that's what we did and we won the game."

Schroder and Paul Millsap scored 15 points apiece for the Hawks, who found out Saturday that forward Thabo Sefolosha will miss up to eight weeks with a right calf strain.

Sefolosha was hurt in the opening minutes of Friday's win over Portland after starting in place of DeMarre Carroll, who is out with a left Achilles strain.

"We jumped into the physical side of the game in the second half," said Sixers coach Brett Brown. "In the first half I thought we got jumped. We got caught off-guard."

The Hawks matched San Antonio's 19-game winning streak from last season, but it's far from an NBA record. Miami had a 27-game streak two years ago and the Los Angeles Lakers set the league record with 33 consecutive victories during the 1971-72 season, with the last victory coming against Atlanta.

Game Notes

Thompson scored 12 points for the Sixers and Noel had 11 with 10 rebounds ... Atlanta has won the last seven meetings with Philadelphia ... Kyle Korver scored 14 points for Atlanta ... The Hawks beat the Sixers Dec. 10 at home and Jan. 13 in Philadelphia, winning by an average of 17 points. The teams will meet again in Philly on March 7 ... Atlanta takes its winning streak to New Orleans on Monday ... The Sixers remain on the road to play Cleveland on Monday.