The Atlanta Hawks won their 17th straight game on Wednesday night, and Paul Millsap was the main reason for the positive result.

Paul Millsap has received praise from all corners of the NBA universe in recent days, and he backed up that positive thought with a monster performance on Wednesday night. Behind his stellar showing, the Atlanta Hawks cruised to their 17th consecutive win, outlasting the Brooklyn Nets by a final score of 113-102.

Slow starts have been uncharacteristic for this group in recent days, but Wednesday night certainly qualified for that provision. The Nets leapt to a 13-5 lead to start the game on the strength of 6 of 8 shooting, and Atlanta issused six turnovers in the first six minutes to underline their spotty offensive execution.

That woeful performance was short-lived, however, as the "real" Hawks arrived in virtually no time. Dennis Schröder connected on a three at the 1:25 mark of the quarter to give Atlanta its first lead since 3-2, and shortly after, Kyle Korver swished back-to-back triple to cap a 17-4 overall run. That barrage spurred the Hawks to a 30-27 lead at the end of the first quarter, which was borderline amazing considering Brooklyn's 65% shooting clip in the first 12 minutes.

Much of the quarter was marked by stabilization, as the Hawks settled in on both ends, with a special emphasis on the defense side of the court. Atlanta spurted to a 9-0 run to grab an 8-point lead at 52-44, and that particular stretch was highlighted by a crowd eruption following back-to-back offensive rebounds from Paul Millsap.

Millsap was the star of the first half, by a wide margin, with 16 points and 12 rebounds, and his play was the engine of the second quarter success. Atlanta would later close the half on a 12-4 run to set the halftime margin at 64-53, and after that 65% shooting in the first quarter, the Nets settled in with just under 49% for the half. Mike Budenholzer appeared to make "special" mention of defense during a second quarter timeout, and from that point forward, the effort and execution were in successful tandem.