Jan 31, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap (4) brings the ball up court during the second quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Hawks defeated the Sixers 125-99. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Paul Millsap Earns First Career Triple-Double in Hawks' OT Win Against Raptors

Mar 18, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap (4) shoots the ball against the Toronto Raptors in the third quarter at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Its nice to have an All-Star power forward back to full strength isn’t it?

The Atlanta Hawks are now 5-2 since Paul Millsap returned to the starting lineup, and the team is continuing their playoff push as the season nears its final few weeks.

Millsap, along with Jeff Teague, led the Hawks to an overtime victory over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night. Along with the victory, Paul achieved his first career triple-double with 19 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.

Millsap’s first career triple-double came in his 600th career game.

The points and rebounds categories were normal for Paul, but his efforts passing the ball led to him notching double-digits in assists for the first time in his career. To add to what was already an impressive stat, Millsap managed to tally the assists while taking care of the ball, only turning it over twice in the game, one of which came from an offensive foul.

Millsap hit the triple-double mark with 2:38 to go in the overtime period, with an assist on a DeMarre Carroll layup. Paul had a modest game from the field, shooting 6-of-16, and 1-of-3 from beyond the arc, but managed to get to the line on a few occasions, making 6-of-7 free throws.

Millsap and the Hawks are holding onto the eighth seed in the East at the moment, and are one game behind the Charlotte Bobcats for seventh place. Atlanta will host the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday before heading up to Toronto for a rematch with the Raptors on Sunday.

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