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Most striking, they have won seven straight on the road, wrapping up a sweep of their West Coast road trip with a 107-98 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night.Weve got a good group of players, who play unselfish and play hard, said second-year coach Mike Budenholzer, who learned at the knee of San Antonios Gregg Popovich and is looking to build another powerhouse in Atlanta.The Hawks have won 19 of 21, but their play over the last three weeks has been especially impressive. Atlanta has twice beaten the Clippers and LeBron James Cavaliers, sending a bit of a shockwave through the league with a 29-point blowout at Cleveland. The stretch also includes wins over Chicago, Houston, Dallas and Portland, so this is looking less and less like a fluke.The Hawks are facing all sorts of uncertainty off the court, from ongoing efforts to sell the franchise to what will become of disgraced general manager Danny Ferry. But the turmoil seems to have brought the team together, and Budenholzer — a long-time assistant with the Spurs — has instilled many of the same principles that work so well in San Antonio.Atlanta ranks among the leagues top clubs in steals and assists, scoring about two-thirds of its baskets off passes from teammates. All five starters are averaging at least 11.6 points. Theres not one true superstar, but Jeff Teague is emerging as one of the leagues best point guards, Millsap can do a bit of everything, and Horfords return after missing most of last season with an injury has been a huge boost for the inside game.Budenholzer and his staff have also gotten surprising contributions from DeMarre Carroll, who bounced around to four teams before finding a home in Atlanta, and Kyle Korver, who has proven to be a lot more than a 3-point specialist. The bench is deep, too, with players such as Schroeder, Sefolosha, Mike Scott and Pero Antic making important contributions.Sounding very much like his mentor, Budenholzer talks constantly about activity at the defensive end, pushing his players to get a hand on the ball and cut off passing lanes. The Hawks arent a pick-and-roll-focused offence like the Spurs, but they feed off their defence, run at every opportunity, and wind up with a lot of easy baskets.We know if we make plays on the defensive end, everything else will take care of itself, Teague said.Teagues development has been a huge key. He flashed plenty of potential over his first five seasons, but hes finally demonstrating the sort of consistency that Budenholzer demands. 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