Published Friday, December 6, 2013 at 12:01 am / Updated at 12:23 am
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Korver sets NBA 3-pointer record

ATLANTA (AP) — Kyle Korver hopes to be able to sleep better now that his chase for the NBA record for consecutive games with a 3-pointer is over.

The former Creighton star made a 3 for a 90th straight game, Al Horford scored 22 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-89 Friday night.

Korver's 3 with 5:29 remaining in the first quarter broke a tie with Dana Barros (1994-96).

“It feels good, I'm glad it's done,” Korver said after scoring 10 points and making 2 of 3 from beyond the arc. “My naps the last couple (game days) haven't been very solid. I'm the product of good team basketball, of setting screens and (getting) good passes and floor spacing and all of that.

“There's a lot of thanks to go around ... players who aren't here, coaches who aren't here this year and this group in here. I just said, 'Thank you.' ”

Korver has made 47 percent of his 3-pointers (235 of 502) during the streak.

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said he didn't think the team went out of its way to get the 11-year veteran from Creighton the ball in position to break the record, but admitted that his players might say otherwise.

Korver missed his first try 1:03 into the game as fans rose from their seats as he rose to shoot. Everybody in Philips Arena stood up again just an instant before the record-setter swished to give Atlanta an 18-10 lead.

“DeMarre (Carroll) passed up a wide-open shot to try to get him the ball, and I gave up a transition try,” said Atlanta point guard Jeff Teague, who scored 13 points. “I wish I made the pass.”

That honor went to forward Paul Millsap, who scored 16 points and tied his season high with 14 rebounds to help offset a season-high 30 points off the bench by Cleveland's Dion Waiters.

Millsap, who was also a teammate of Korver's with the Jazz, was more proud of his assist to Korver than anything else.

“I'm in the history book now,” he said with a smile. “I'm in awe to see something like that. Teams focus on keeping him off the 3-point line, and for him to do that for so long is an amazing accomplishment.”

Atlanta (11-10) won with balance as seven Hawks scored in double figures and the home team had little trouble with the Cavs (6-13), who fell to 1-10 on the road.

Jarrett Jack added 13 points off the bench for Cleveland, but all Cavs other than him, Waiters and Bynum (20 points, season-high 13 rebounds) combined to shoot 12 for 50.

Cleveland starters Kyrie Irving and Alonzo Gee went scoreless. Irving, who entered the game averaging 20.8 points per game, shot 0 for 9.

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