ATLANTA (AP) — Paul Millsap played like one of the league’s best players. Now, he’ll wait to see if he’s picked for his second straight All-Star game.Millsap had 28 points and 15 rebounds, five other Atlanta players scored in double figures, and the Hawks stretched their franchise-record winning streak to 17 games in a row with a 113-102 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Jan. 28.“Paul was aggressive,” said teammate Al Horford, who also had a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds. “When he plays like that, we’re tough to beat.”Atlanta (38-8) has won 31 of 33 and leads the Eastern Conference by a commanding seven games. This was a bit tougher than expected against the struggling Nets, who kept it close most of the way.The Hawks pulled away in the final quarter, leading by as many as 15. Millsap finished off Brooklyn’s last run with a 3-pointer from the corner with 2:34 remaining, pushing Atlanta to a 109-98 edge.Millsap, who was more of a role player in Utah, had taken a lead since signing with the Hawks. He earned his first All-Star appearance a year ago and is expected to be among at least three Atlanta players getting in when the East reserves are announced Jan. 29. Horford and Jeff Teague are favored to get in, and Kyle Korver could make it as well.“We’ve definitely got a lot of guys who are deserving,” Millsap said. “It’s going to be tough if one of those guys doesn’t make it.”Joe Johnson led the Nets with 26 points. It wasn’t enough to prevent Brooklyn’s 11th loss in 13 games.“That’s why they’ve won 17 in a row: they’ve produced every night consistently and their defense had been consistent every night,” Nets coach Lionel Hollins said. “We had some stuff that gave them trouble, but they kept scoring and we couldn’t stop them.”Korver had 17 points for the Hawks, connecting on five 3-pointers and having another taken away with a video review showed he shot after a foul was committed on a teammate. Teague and Dennis Schroder had 13 apiece, while DeMarre Carroll added 12. Atlanta outrebounded the Nets 45-35.Brook Lopez scored 18 for Brooklyn off the bench, and Jarrett Jack chipped in with 14 points and 13 assists.The Hawks got off to a sloppy start, committing six turnovers in the first 7 minutes. But they seized control before the break, closing the second quarter on a 21-9 run that sent them to the locker room with their biggest lead of the half, 64-53.Atlanta has built a double-digit lead in every game during its winning streak, and improved to 33-1 this season when up by at least 10 points.Amazingly, the Hawks have already matched their win total for all of last season, when they slipped into the playoffs as the No. 8 seed with a 38-44 record.And it’s not even the All-Star break.“We’re trying to grow and improve,” said coach Mike Budenholzer, who will lead the East in New York. “We want to keep our mindset there, just play each night, go out there and compete. That’s been good for us so far.”Hawks to 17th straight win, 113-102 over Nets(PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
zoom Bulgarian shipping company Navigation Maritime Bulgare (Navibulgar) has added to its fleet Chumerna, a 2012-built bulk carrier bought from Switzerland’s ABC Maritime. The Handysize bulker was purchased for USD 8 million in November 2016, VesselsValue’s data shows.The 36,900 dwt Chumerna, previously known as Adfines South, was built by China’s Zhejiang Zhenghe Shipbuilding.Featuring a length of 190 meters and a width of 28.5 meters, Chumerna has ice class 1C.Navibulgar’s fleet is currently comprised of 30 bulkers. In addition, the firm has five Handy bulk carriers on order at Jiangsu Hongqiang shipyard in China, which are slated for delivery in 2017, according to data provided by VesselsValue.In the next few months, Navibulgar plans to further increase its fleet by adding three ice class 1C vessels, the company said.
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