ATLANTA (AP) — Kyle Korver and Paul Millsap each scored 17 points and Atlanta beat the Philadelphia 76ers 95-79 on Wednesday night, giving the Hawks their longest winning streak in 17 years.

Korver sank five 3-pointers as Atlanta (15-6) won its eighth straight — the Hawks’ longest since an 11-0 start to the 1997-98 season.

DeMarre Carroll had 14 points and 11 rebounds for Atlanta.

The Hawks averaged 104 points in their first seven wins of the streak, but they had to rely on defense against Philadelphia.

Alexey Shved had 13 points to lead the 76ers (2-19), who have won two of four since their 0-17 start. Luc Mbah a Moute had 12 points, and K.J. McDaniels and Jerami Grant each had 10.

Strong defense helped overcome a sluggish game for Atlanta’s offense. The Hawks never trailed and led 47-38 at halftime and 68-58 entering the final period.

A 3-pointer by Korver stretched the lead to 79-62. A basket by Mike Muscala, who had 12 points, pushed the lead over 20 points for the first time at 89-68.

Coach Mike Budenholzer almost emptied his bench, using 12 players. Elton Brand was the only player in uniform who did not play.

Dennis Schroder had only five points but led Atlanta with four steals. Jeff Teague also had a low-scoring night, scoring only four points with his six assists.

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