Atlanta Hawks swingman Kyle Korver is flat out one of the best long-range shooters that the world of basketball has to offer. After missing the last four games, the 32-year-old sharpshooter came into Wednesday’s contest versus the Los Angeles Clippers looking to tie the NBA’s all-time record for most consecutive games with a 3-pointer.
Korver achieved that goal a mere 30 seconds after the opening tip and then proceeded to have his biggest night of the season as the Hawks avoided a three-game losing streak with a 107-97 victory.
He went on to make five more shots from beyond the arc, and finished the night with an impressive line that included a season-high 23 points, five assists and three boards. Not to be outdone, the Hawks’ frontcourt combination of Al Horford and Paul Millsap went to work against the Clippers as well.
Horford, now the unquestioned leader in Atlanta, put up his first 20-point effort since November 15. The Hawks’ All-Star center ended the game with 21 points and nine boards in nearly 34 minutes of action. However, it was Millsap who had the best performance of the night as he contributed across the board by pouring in 25 points on 12-of-20 shooting with nine rebounds, six assists and three blocked shots.
For the Hawks, this was the first of a four-game homestand in which they hope to right the ship after dropping five of the last six overall. A win against the very talented Clippers is definitely a step in the right direction. Next up on the schedule is Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers.