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Hawks become one of only eight teams in NBA history to make 1,000 3-pointers

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The Atlanta Hawks are now one of just eight teams in NBA history to make 1,000 three-pointers in a season. The team’s official Twitter account broke the news on Tuesday.

Center Alex Len hit the milestone trifecta with 9:26 remaining in the first quarter to give the Hawks an early 9-8 lead over the San Antonio Spurs. The latter went on to win, 117-111.

Among the team’s top three-point snipers this season include Trae Young (152), Kevin Huerter (127), Taurean Prince (113), and Kent Bazemore (86). Even 42-year-old Vince Carter has been a major factor with 120 triples.

With the Hawks’ latest feat, eight teams have made more than 1,000 three-pointers during the last four seasons. The key takeaway: scoring is on the rise and players are relying on the trifecta more than ever before.

Atlanta’s current 28-50 (.359) win-loss record is the fifth-worst in the NBA. With that in mind, we can conclude a good-shooting team such can only do so much. In fact, they are the worst defensive team in the league allowing a league-leading 118.8 points per game.

If the Hawks are trying to follow the blueprint of the early 1990s Denver Nuggets (who routinely scored more than 120 points but lost 60 or so games yearly) under Paul Westhead, they’re asking for trouble. You have to play defense to win in the NBA.

Hopefully, the high-scoring Hawks can tighten the screws on defense next season.