After perfect January, Hawks look to make it 20 in a row
ATLANTA (AP) - After a far-from-perfect performance, the Atlanta Hawks head into February with the NBA's best record and savoring a bit of NBA history as the first team to go 17-0 within a calendar month.
The Hawks stretched their overall winning streak to 19 straight with a gritty 91-85 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night, blowing a 21-point lead and actually falling behind late in the game.
In the end, it was yet another triumph for a team that hasn't lost since the day after Christmas.
According to STATS, the Hawks are the first team in NBA history to win 17 games without a loss over a single month. Four teams have put together a 16-0 mark, most recently the eventual NBA champion San Antonio Spurs last March.