Basketball: Hawks continue to be high-fliers with their 18th straight victory

Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap (left) pulling down a rebound against Brooklyn Nets guard Bojan Bogdanovic. -- PHOTO: EPA
Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap (left) pulling down a rebound against Brooklyn Nets guard Bojan Bogdanovic. -- PHOTO: EPA

ATLANTA (AFP) - All-star forward Paul Millsap scored 21 points as the Atlanta Hawks won their 18th consecutive contest with a 105-99 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday.

He had plenty of help from his fellow all-stars Al Horford and Jeff Teague who finished with 17 and 13 points respectively.

The Eastern Conference-leading Hawks have not lost since Dec 26 in Milwaukee.

And at 39-8, they have eclipsed last season's win total (38-44).

Atlanta could post a perfect 17-0 month with a win on Saturday against Philadelphia, which will end a seven-game home stretch.

Kyle Korver scored 16 points and Kent Bazemore came off the bench to tally 12 points in 40 minutes as the Hawks won without injured forward DeMarre Carroll, who sat out with a left Achilles strain.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 37 points for Portland a day after he was named to the Western Conference all-star team.

Millsap, Horford and Teague were all named to the Eastern Conference all-star team on Thursday, the first time since 1980 that three Hawks made the game.