For streaking Atlanta Hawks, it's all about the balance

AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA (AP) - The Hawks know it can be done.

Last year, they watched the San Antonio Spurs blow out LeBron James' Miami Heat for the NBA title without anyone carrying the bulk of the load.

Still, this is rather rare territory in a star-driven league, a team pushing itself into the championship mix without one or two players standing above all the others.

Atlanta, which has set a franchise record with 15 straight wins and leads the East with a stunning 36-8 record, is a team in every sense of the word. The starting lineup is about as balanced as it can be, with five players averaging between 17.2 and 11.7 points per game. The bench runs five or six players deep on any given night, all of them capable of contributing.

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