The Hawks look to extend their winning streak at home against the Celtics

The Hawks look to extend their winning streak at home against the Celtics

The Atlanta Hawks will try to extend their streak of success at home against the Eastern Conference teams Wednesday night when the Boston Celtics visit.

The Hawks won consecutive nights for the first time this season when they defeated Orlando 129-111 on Monday after Sunday’s 20-point win over Milwaukee.

Although Atlanta were only 6-9 on the season, they improved to 5-1 at home and won 12 consecutive home games against Eastern Conference rivals. This is the second best streak in franchise history, and the longest active streak in the NBA, according to Elias Sports. The franchise record is 15 set during the 1996-1997 season.

The Bostonians have entered winning three of their past four games, including Monday’s 98-92 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, taking two divisions out of their two-game group.

For the Hawks, wins on Monday and Tuesday were sorely needed after they lost six consecutive goals, including a disastrous 0-4 swing through the Western Conference.

“On a trip to the West Coast like we did, we only had 24 hours and play a game – not just a game, but a back-to-back game – that was a tough game,” Atlanta coach Nate McMillan said. “We played really hard (Sunday) against Milwaukee, and we had to play against a choppy Orlando side. It was an internal check.”

The Hawks had four starters to net an extra 20 points on Monday – Trae Young and John Collins on 23, Clint Capella and Bogdan Bogdanovic on 20 – but it was veterans Danilo Gallinari and Lou Williams off the bench that helped save the late time. spark.

“It was good for us to keep working, to stay positive,” Williams said. “We’ve put two really good games together. We’ll enjoy the day off and see what other adjustments we can make and get ready for (Boston).”

The match marks the return of Boston goalkeeper Dennis Schroeder, who was the Atlanta first-round pick in 2013 and played five seasons with the Hawks until 2018. Schroeder, in his first season with the Celtics, started five games in a row with the injured Gaylene. Brown (right hamstring strain).

Schroeder scored 14 points on Monday and six came in the last 76 seconds. He scored 38 goals against Milwaukee on November 12 (his biggest production in four seasons) and averaged 17.1 points.

“Dennis is a fake sixth player for us, coming off the bench and completing games,” Boston coach Aimee Odoka said.

“I think we’re all starting to come to the same page,” said Boston’s Jason Tatum. “If our attack could match our defense, we’d be in really good shape.”

The Hawks may be without goalkeeper Kevin Huerter, who felt tightness in his left hamstring in Monday’s game and didn’t play in the second half. Herter started in the place of DeAndre Hunter, who underwent surgery on his right wrist on Monday and is expected to miss eight weeks.

“They tried to loosen him up in the first half and it just wasn’t right,” Macmillan said. “He couldn’t go. He said he felt a little tight. He didn’t want to pull it on, so he’s going to get the treatment.”

Boston heartthrob Robert Williams is dealing with pain in his left knee that was limited to 13 minutes on Monday and prevented him from playing the second half.

–Field Media Level

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