Hawks show they can rely on backups to keep winning

AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA (AP) - John Jenkins smiled when asked how the Atlanta Hawks won on the road without three starters and a top backup.

Saturday night's 93-91 win at Miami was perhaps the most impressive demonstration of the Hawks' depth this season. All-Star center Al Horford stayed home with his wife and newborn son. Jeff Teague, DeMarre Carroll and Pero Antic were rested.

It was show time for players who often aren't included in coach Mike Budenholzer's rotation. Jenkins set a career high for rebounds. Mike Muscala matched his high for blocks.

Dennis Schroder and Kent Bazemore, normally backups, played lead roles.

Jenkins said Monday that, "I see it every day."

The Hawks lead the Eastern Conference by 10 games. Atlanta will play Houston on Tuesday night.

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