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Washington at Atlanta

Horford hits game-winner to lift Hawks in OT

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ATLANTA -- Pero Antic made the game-winning inbounds pass.

Al Horford said all he had to do was make the catch near the basket and then shoot a soft jumper. All in 1.8 seconds.

Just like in practice.

Horford matched his career high with 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.

"We work on that in practice," Horford said. "We had three options: Me, Paul [Millsap] or Kyle [Korver]. I think they overplayed both of those guys. [Antic] gave me a great pass."

With the game tied at 99, Antic threw the high pass over other players to Horford, who hit a short fallaway over Washington's Trevor Booker as the buzzer sounded. A video review confirmed the shot beat the buzzer.

"It was supposed to be a lob for a dunk," Horford said. "As soon as I got it, I shot it."

Booker, who led Washington with 24 points and 14 rebounds, said he thought he could intercept the pass.

"It hurts," Booker said. "I thought I could get the ball and it went over my head.

"[Horford] actually fumbled it at first and then knocked it down. I didn't even get a chance to really contest it."

Millsap and Korver had 16 points for Atlanta. Horford grabbed 15 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 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.

"We just gave this game away," Wall said, adding his fourth-quarter shots were "the same shots I took in the first half, I just didn't make them. I struggled."

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.

"We gave them life," Horford said. "They're a resilient team."

Washington coach Randy Wittman said his players "didn't do anything" before the run late in regulation.

"I'll give them credit for staying in the fight and having an opportunity to win the game," Wittman said. "But when you don't play for 42 minutes, you've got to play perfect basketball. ... I just don't think we were ready to play."

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. ... Horford also had 34 points at Utah on Feb. 27, 2013. ... 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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The Hawks celebrate after Al Horford hits the game-winning jumper as time expires in overtime.  (USATSI)
The Hawks celebrate after Al Horford hits the game-winning jumper as time expires in overtime. (USATSI)

Scoreboard
Washington (9-12)192715251399
Atlanta (12-11) «2127231515101
WAS:T. Booker 24 Pts
WAS:T. Booker 14 Reb
WAS:J. Wall 11 Ast
ATL:A. Horford 34 Pts
ATL:A. Horford 15 Reb
ATL:J. Teague 7 Ast
Players of the Game
WashingtonAtlanta

Trevor Booker

Al Horford
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
2414234152
Washington
T. Booker, PF4412-190-1142324
M. Webster, SG394-127-780115
M. Gortat, PF376-100-0106412
J. Wall, PG376-220-0411413
T. Ariza, SG334-71-261110
G. Rice, SG192-82-35128
J. Vesely, PF184-90-25118
G. Temple, SG161-41-31413
O. Porter, SF162-60-04004
K. Seraphin, C61-30-03032
A. Harrington, PFDid Not Play
Nene, CDid Not Play
C. Singleton, SFDid Not Play
E. Maynor, PGDid Not Play
B. Beal, SGDid Not Play
Totals 42-10011-1860262099
 42.0%61.1% 
Atlanta
A. Horford, C4115-234-5152034
P. Millsap, PF406-174-7114516
J. Teague, PG404-113-427112
K. Korver, SG396-130-043216
D. Carroll, SF281-30-06043
S. Mack, PG301-92-23504
L. Williams, SG232-70-00225
P. Antic, C131-22-21404
E. Brand, PF112-43-44007
C. Martin, SF10-00-00000
G. Ayon, PFDid Not Play
J. Cunningham, SGDid Not Play
J. Jenkins, SGDid Not Play
M. Scott, PFDid Not Play
D. Schroder, PGDid Not Play
Totals 38-8918-24462714101
 42.7%75.0% 
Other Games
Char 94 Final
Ind 99
Cle 109 Final
Orl 100
Phi 100 Final
Tor 108
NY 86 Final
Bos 90
Brook 99 Final
Det 103
Mem 98 Final
NO 104
LAL 97 Final
OKC 122
Chi 91 Final
Mil 90
Min 110 Final
SA 117
Utah 103 Final
Den 93
Sac 107 Final
Pho 116
Hou 116 Final
GS 112