Paul Millsap had 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists and Kyle Korver scored 20 points, grabbed five rebounds and had three steals as the Atlanta Hawks held off the Houston Rockets 83-80 at Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia Friday night.
Korver hit four crucial free throws down the stretch to preserve the victory after the Rockets cut the lead to one on two separate occasions in the last two minutes.
The Rockets had plenty of opportunities down the stretch but did not score from the 2:19 mark in the fourth quarter until Jeremy Lin hit a jumper with six seconds to play.
The Rockets actually took a three-point in the fourth quarter with an 11-0 run, but back to back three-pointers by Korver and DeMarre Carroll put the Hawks in front to stay.
James Harden led the Rockets with 25 points, seven rebounds and seven assists while Dwight Howard had 15 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks and Aaron Brooks added 13 points off of the bench.
The win improves the Hawks to 20-17 while the Rockets fall to 23-14.