Hawks finish strong to top Grizzlies

Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver made 3-pointers to key a tiebreaking 10-0 run in the fourth quarter that led the Atlanta Hawks over the Memphis Grizzlies 96-86 on Wednesday in a clash of conference powers.

Teague scored 25 points to pace Eastern Conference-leading Atlanta, including five during a 12-2 burst over the last three minutes of the game.

Korver, Paul Millsap, Al Horford, and Pero Antic all scored at least 11 points as the Hawks earned a sixth straight win.

They are 20-2 since late November and have a nine-game winning streak against Western Conference teams.

Mike Conley had 17 points and Marc Gasol scored 16 to lead the Grizzlies, who are battling for first place in the Southwest Division.

"It was a little sloppy with 39 turnovers between the teams," said Grizzlies coach David Joerger, whose team had 21 of the turnovers, leading to 19 Atlanta points.

"Our inability to play offense put us on the run for most of the game. But hats off to them. They're really good. They deserved to win tonight."

The Hawks, coming off a 3-0 road trip against Western Conference teams, took the lead for good on Horford's jumper with 2 1/2 minutes left. Teague and Korver followed with 3s from the left side and Teague's layup capped the 10-0 surge to make it 94-84.

Memphis' only field goal in the last three minutes came on Gasol's dunk with 13 seconds left.

"We found a way over the last four or five minutes to get one more burst and get some stops on the defensive end," said Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer. "It was great to see how we finished tonight."

Korver finished with 14 points, Antic scored 13 off the bench, Horford had 12 points and Millsap contributed 11 with nine rebounds.

Teague had 12 points in the first half, including a layup to cap a 7-0 run to open the game. Memphis countered with eight straight points and led by as many as five before the Hawks used an 11-0 flurry spanning the first and second quarters to take a six-point lead.

They led by as many as 11 late in the half, but Memphis closed within 49-44 at the break. The Hawks led by as many as 13 points late in the third quarter.

Game Notes

The Grizzlies are 4-5 with Zach Randolph out of the lineup because of a sore knee ... The teams will meet again in Memphis on Feb. 8 ... The Hawks are on the road against Detroit on Friday ... The Grizzlies also play Friday in New Orleans.