Hawks have their way with Wizards
ATLANTA – The streaking Atlanta Hawks made it look easy against the Washington Wizards.
"At this point, I don't think we've played a better game," guard Kyle Korver said. "We had that 6-minute stretch in the second quarter, but otherwise that's about as good as we've done this year."
Korver scored 19 points and DeMarre Carroll added 16 to help the Eastern Conference-leading Hawks win their eighth consecutive game, 120-89 over Washington on Sunday.
Improving to 16-3 at home and 29-8 overall, the Hawks got 15 points from Al Horford and 11 each from Paul Millsap, Jeff Teague and Mike Scott. Teague finished with a game-high 10 assists.
Atlanta has won 13 of 14 and 22 of 24. It leads the Eastern Conference this late in the season for the first time in 21 years.
John Wall had 15 points for Washington and Nene added 14. The Wizards were outscored 33-12 in the fourth quarter. They won their previous three games, but allowed a season-high margin of victory for Atlanta.
•HEAT IS ON: Chris Bosh scored 34 points, Hassan Whiteside had career highs of 23 points and 16 rebounds off the bench and Miami beat the Clippers 104-90 to end a three-game road skid. Whiteside was 10 of 13 from the field and 3-for-4 from the line.
•KINGS TOP CAVS: DeMarcus Cousins had 26 points and 13 rebounds and the host Kings beat the Cavaliers 103-84, Cleveland's seventh loss in eight games with LeBron James out because of a sore left knee. Kevin Love led Cleveland with 25 points and 10 rebounds,
•GRIZZ IS GREAT IN OT: Marc Gasol scored the first seven points in the second overtime, Zach Randolph had 27 points and 17 rebounds and the Grizzlies outlasted the Suns 122-110 in Memphis.
•BLAZING AWAY: Damian Lillard scored 17 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter, leading the host Trail Blazers to a 106-94 victory over the Lakers.
•TRADE ON HOLD: The Grizzlies, Celtics and Pelicans agreed on a five-player trade that would send forward Jeff Green from Boston to Memphis. Tayshaun Prince would go from Memphis to Boston and Quincy Pondexter from Memphis to New Orleans. The trade also would send Austin Rivers from New Orleans to Boston, along with an exchanged of draft picks.