Al Horford didn’t want to talk about his lack of All-Star votes. His play spoke volumes. Horford scored a game-high 34 points, including the buzzer-beater game-winner, for a 101-99 overtime victory over the Wizards Friday night at Philips Arena. The Hawks continued their dominance over the Wizards with their 11th straight win in Atlanta. Horford put back a lob pass from Pero Antic for the winner. Horford had a tip-in with 2:29 remaining in overtime to give the Hawks a 92-90 lead. Kyle Korver added a 3-pointer and Jeff Teague dropped in a basket in the paint to extend the lead to 97-93 lead with 1:24 remaining. Trevor Booker scored for the Wizards to make it 99-97 and after a Hawks miss they had the ball with 11 seconds left and a chance to tie or win it. Booker scored in-close with 1.8 seconds left for another tie. The Hawks led by as many as 15 points in the fourth quarter. The Wizards went on a 16-2 run to cut their deficit to one point, 82-81, with 2:56 remaining. After a Hawks turnover, John Wall scored a 3-pointer at the shot-clock buzzer for the Wizards first lead since the second quarter. The basket, with 1:40 remaining, ended a 19-2 run. The teams traded baskets before the Hawks got the ball back on a Horford block with under a minute remaining. After a mad scramble, Horford was fouled with 5.5 seconds remaining. He calmly sunk the two free throws to tie the game at 86-86. Wall missed at the buzzer to force overtime. The Hawks (12-11, 8-4 home) ended a four-game homestand 3-1. Horford also finished with 15 rebounds for the double-double. Paul Millsap added 16 points and 11 rebounds. Korver had 16 points and Teague added 12 points. Korver has extended his NBA record streak to 92 consecutive games with a 3-pointer. The Wizards (9-12, 3-8 road) lost their third straight. Trevor Booker led the Wizards with 24 points. Wall had 13 points, 11 in the fourth quarter. Horford is one of three Hawks on the All-Star ballot. He was not in the top 15 in voting when the NBA released the initial results Thursday.
Horford's buzzer-beater lifts Hawks past Wizards, 101-99 in OT
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Dec 14