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Hawks coach Larry Drew: "We persevered."

Atlanta coach Larry Drew had reason to be optimistic Wednesday after his team topped the Denver Nuggets, 108-104.

Kevin C. Cox

The Atlanta Hawks topped the Denver Nuggets 108-104 on Wednesday night, picking up their eighth win in their last 10 games. And despite having a chance to falter late - the Nuggets took a 98-97 lead with 2:34 left in regulation - the Hawks closed out the game with a 7-0 run.

The late rally gave coach Larry Drew reason for optimism while speaking with the media postgame.

"We had a chance to fold the tent there and we didn't," Drew told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "We persevered. I'm just happy that we pushed through it. There are going to be nights like that. We just have to push through those moments."

With the win over the Nuggets, the Hawks moved to within 1.5 games of the Southeast division leading Miami Heat. Atlanta has one day off before returning to the court against the Washington Wizards on Friday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. ET at home in Phillips Arena.

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