Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Paul Millsap scored 23 points, and Atlanta's defense shut down Denver in a 96-84 win over the Nuggets on Sunday.
The Hawks, winners of six straight, limited the Nuggets to 36 first-half points and forced them to shoot just 6-of-35 from beyond the arc for the game.
Kyle Korver added 15 points for Atlanta, and DeMarre Carroll and Al Horford each netted 11. Carroll and Horford had nine and eight rebounds, respectively.
Wilson Chandler led the Nuggets with 29 points as they fell in their third straight game. Chandler also pulled down 10 rebounds. Timofey Mozgov chipped in 14 points with 11 rebounds, and Alonzo Gee added 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting off the bench.
In the closing minutes of the opening quarter, the Hawks went on a 9-0 run keyed by three players on their bench. Pero Antic, Dennis Schroder and Mike Scott scored all the points, and Atlanta held a 32-21 lead after a quarter of play.
Denver had gotten off to a quick start, using five Chandler points in the first minute to sprint out to a 5-0 lead. That was its largest lead of the game.
Atlanta completely shut down the Denver offense in the second quarter to jump out to a 57-36 halftime lead. The Nuggets shot 0-for-8 from beyond the arc, and they shot just 28.6 percent from the field in the quarter.
However, the script flipped in the third quarter as the Nuggets were able to get back in the game. While they made just 1-of-8 3-point shots in the quarter, they were 12-of-16 from inside the arc.
"There was a rut in the third quarter where it got away from us for a little bit," said Horford. "The important thing is we were able to pull this game out tonight."
Atlanta's lead was up to as much as 24 in the third, but the Nuggets went on a 16-8 run in the second half of the quarter.
In the final 12 minutes, Denver cut the Atlanta lead to single digits four separate times and got it down to as little as seven with 3:35 remaining. On the next two possessions, Korver nailed a 3-pointer and Jeff Teague hit a layup to rebuild the Hawks' lead to 92-80.
"We played better defensively in the second half," said Nuggets coach Brian Shaw. "The common denominator in terms of how that turned around is Alonzo Gee. We ended up getting 11 turnovers on them in the second half."
Atlanta has made 10 or more 3-pointers in five straight games ... The Hawks are now 32-7 at home against Denver all-time ... Denver lost its first game when holding an opponent under 100 points (6-1).