Horford lifts Hawks past Wizards, 101-99 in OT
- Article by: CHARLES ODUM
- Associated Press
- December 13, 2013 - 9:25 PM
ATLANTA — Al Horford scored a season-high 34 points, including a jumper as time expired in overtime, and the Atlanta Hawks recovered after blowing a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter to beat the Washington Wizards 101-99 on Friday night.
With the game tied at 99 with 1.8 seconds remaining, Pero Antic passed to Horford, who hit a short fallaway as the buzzer sounded. A video review confirmed the shot beat the buzzer.
Paul Millsap and Kyle Korver had 16 points for Atlanta. Horford grabbed 15 rebounds.
Trevor Booker led Washington with 24 points and 14 rebounds.
The Hawks took their 11th straight home win in the series.
Korver's 3-pointer gave Atlanta a 95-93 lead in overtime. After Jeff Teague had two baskets for Atlanta, each answered by Booker, Washington called a timeout with 11 seconds remaining in the extra period. John Wall's penetration and pass set up Booker's tying layup with 1.8 seconds remaining.
Wall, quiet most of the night, had 11 points in the fourth period and finished with 13 while shooting only 6 of 22. Martell Webster had 15 points.
The Wizards led 86-84 when Horford blocked a shot by Marcin Gortat. Wall fouled Horford with 5.5 seconds remaining in regulation and Horford made both free throws to tie the game. Wall, guarded by DeMarre Carroll, missed a fallaway jumper at the buzzer to send the game to overtime.
The Hawks led 48-46 at halftime before outscoring the Wizards 23-15 in the third period. Washington made only 5 of 17 shots in the period.
Atlanta took an 80-65 lead early in the fourth quarter before the Wizards made their charge with a 16-2 run.
Booker's basket with 4:30 remaining cut the Hawks' lead to 82-77. A tip-in by Gortat trimmed the lead to three points.
Following a missed 3-pointer by Korver, Wall went behind his back on a drive and basket with 2:56 remaining, cutting Atlanta's lead to 82-81. Wall added a jumper and 3-pointer in the final 2:15 of regulation.
Korver had four 3-pointers, extending his NBA-record streak to 92 games with at least one 3.
Wizards rookie Otto Potter, playing in his third game, closed the first period with his first career field goal. Potter then made Washington's first basket of the second period on a jumper.
NOTES: Washington's last win at Atlanta was on Jan. 11, 2008. ... Gortat had 12 points and 10 rebounds. ... Wizards F Nene (Achilles) and G Bradley Beal (leg) did not play. Webster returned after missing one game with a sprained right ankle. ... The Hawks recalled G John Jenkins from the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League. Jenkins was assigned to Bakersfield on Dec. 6. ... Horford's previous season high was 27 points at Sacramento on Nov. 5.
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