Looking for a quick bounce back from an uncharacteristically poor performance last time he took to the hardwood, Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford put up one of the absolute best games of his NBA career on Friday night against the Washington Wizards. The home crowd in Phillips Arena watched as the two-time All-Star dominated the floor with 34 points (15-23 FG) and 15 boards. Horford capped the night off with a game-winning buzzer beater in overtime that gave the Hawks a 101-99 victory.
Playing the supporting role for the Hawks was Horford’s frontcourt friend Paul Millsap, who finished the contest with 16 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists. The 28-year-old forward has been on a roll as of late, and is proving himself to be a more than capable replacement for longtime Atlanta standout Josh Smith. Over the last half-dozen games, Millsap has averaged 19.7 points and 11.7 rebounds while shooting an impressive 43.5 percent from outside the arc.
When bringing up the topic of long range shooting for the Hawks, Kyle Korver must be a part of the conversation. Extending his recently attained NBA record of consecutive games with a three-pointer to 92, the veteran swingman connected on four shots from downtown along the way to a 16-point effort.
The win moves the Hawks back over the .500 mark for the season at 12-11 and maintains their standing as the third place team in the Eastern Conference. They will look to further enhance their current resume on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden against Carmelo Anthony and the struggling New York Knicks.