Entries in Al Horford (16)


Pierce's Game-Tying Three Called Off, Hawks Advance to Conference Finals

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Once again the game was close, and once again Paul Pierce hit a clutch shot, only this time it was just a little late.

With time running out, Pierce hit a corner 3-pointer in two players' faces while falling backwards, only to have it overturned by the referees when the review showed Pierce let go of the ball just after the clock hit zeros. It was a big call because it meant the Atlanta Hawks defeated the Washington Wizards 94-91 in Game 6 of their second-round playoff series, advancing them to the Eastern Conference finals.

Pierce probably wouldn't have even had a chance at shooting a game-tying 3-pointer if Al Horford hadn't missed one of his two free throws, failing to make it a two-possession game with 6.4 seconds left. That allowed the Wizards to call a timeout and inbound the pass on the Hawks' side of the court.

John Wall ended up with the ball but couldn't figure out what to do, so he shuffled it to Pierce in the corner, who stepped back and drilled the shot. Pierce put his hands up in celebration before the refs went to the replay screen and overturned the call.

Pierce had previously won Game 3 on a 21-foot buzzer-beater and gave the Wizards a one-point lead in Game 5 when he hit a 3-pointer with 8.4 seconds remaining.

The Hawks were led by DeMarre Carroll, who scored a career playoff high 25 points. They have won three straight to advance to their first conference final since the 1970-71 season.

Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final is Wednesday in Atlanta. The Hawks will take on LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Hawks Eliminate Nets, Advance to Take on Washington

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Atlanta Hawks outscored the Brooklyn Nets by 20 points in the third quarter en route to a 111-87 Game 6, series-clinching win Friday night at Barclays Center.

Paul Millsap had 25 points, nine rebounds, and six assists to lead the No. 1 seeded Hawks to the Eastern Conference semifinals where they'll face the Washington Wizards.

Kyle Korver hit six 3-pointers and scored 20 points for a Hawks team that shot over 50 percent from the field for the game.

Brook Lopez led the Nets with 19 points and seven rebounds in the loss.

Game 1 of the Hawks' series against the Wizards is Sunday in Atlanta.

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Millsap Will Miss Two Games Due to Shoulder Injury

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Atlanta Hawks All-Star forward Paul Millsap will miss the next two games after injuring his right shoulder in the team's 131-99 win over the Brooklyn Nets Sunday.

Millsap was injured after running into Earl Clark while hustling after a loose ball two minutes before halftime. After the collision Millsap fell to the floor before making his way to the locker room, from which he didn't return.

Millsap had an MRI, which revealed a shoulder sprain and contusion. The team says that after Millsap takes two games off "his status will be updated as appropriate."

Millsap leads the Eastern Conference-leading Hawks in points (16.8), rebounds (7.8), steals (1.8), and minutes (32.8) per game.

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Hawks Edge Warriors in Battle of NBA's Top-Two Teams

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry combined for 55 points but it couldn't offset seven Atlanta Hawks scoring in double figures, as the Hawks topped the Golden State Warriors 124-116 Friday, in the battle of the NBA's two best teams.

While the Hawks won, this game was tight till the finish. The score was tied at halftime and Atlanta led by only four with six minutes to play. But Atlanta hit 12 free throws down the stretch to once again take over the best record in the NBA.

"They were good," Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said. "They were better than us. We broke down defensively. They had a lot to do with that because of the way they stretch you out."

Atlanta (42-9) shot 49 percent from the field and hit 15 of 27 3-pointers in the win.

The Warriors (39-9) had their three-game win streak snapped.

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All 5 Hawks Starters Honored by NBA

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- The Atlanta Hawks were rewarded for being the first team in NBA history to go 17-0 in a month as all five starters were selected as Eastern Conference players of the month for January.

All-Stars Al Horford, Jeff Teague, and Paul Millsap were honored by the league, along with Kyle Korver and DeMarre Carroll.  Each starter averaged double digit points during the win-streak, however, none of them averaged more than 20 points per game. Atlanta outscored each opponent by an average of 11.9 points per game.

"We appreciate the recognition of our starters' play during this past month.  It is reflective of all the work our entire team and organization has put in," head coach Mike Budenholzer said. "We place a strong emphasis on having the right approach every day and making daily improvement. Collectively, we know that we have a lot more work to do this season and look forward to continue growing as a team." 

According to the Hawks, it is the first time in NBA history all five starters from one team were named players of the month.  

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Hawks Win 19th Straight Over 76ers, 91-85

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Hawks center Al Horford scored 23 points and pulled down 11 rebounds as Atlanta (40-8) won their franchise-record 19th consecutive game, 91-85 over the Philadelphia 76ers (10-38) on Saturday.

After trailing by 21 points in the first half, the 76ers took an 83-81 lead with 2:51 left in the fourth quarter on a dunk from center Nerlens Noel. The Hawks would close out the game on a 10-2 run, with Horford scoring five points.

The 76ers had six players scored in double figures with forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and guards Michael Carter-Williams and Jerami Grant leading the way with 13 points each.

Atlanta will attempt to win their 20th straight game when they travel to New Orleans on Monday Night to take on the Pelicans.

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NBA Announces All-Star Reserves

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Thursday night, the NBA announced the final players that were selected to play in the 64th NBA All-Star Game that will be held Feb. 15 in New York City.

The Eastern Conference leading Atlanta Hawks led the way with three selections: Jeff Teague, Paul Millsap, and Al Horford.

Chicago's Jimmy Butler and Golden State's Clay Thompson were both selected for the first time.  

Despite playing in only 21 of the Thunder's first 46 games, Kevin Durant earned a spot on the West squad. He will be joined in the front court by Portland's LeMarcus Aldridge and San Antonio's Tim Duncan.

Rounding out the West reserves are the Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul, Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook, and Houston's James Harden.

The East squad also includes Cleveland's Kyrie Irving and Miami's Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

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Hawks Win 8th Straight, Top Wizards 120-89

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- The Atlanta Hawks took care of the Washington Wizards (25-12) 120-89 for their eighth straight win on Sunday.

Kyle Korver led the way with 19 points and was followed by DeMarre Carroll with 16 in the victory.

"At this point, I don't think we've played a better game," Korver said. "We had that 6-minute stretch in the second quarter, but otherwise that's about as good as we've done this year."

Atlanta (29-8) has now won their last 22 of 24 games and leads the Eastern Conference for the first time this late in the season in 21 years.

"This is my eighth year, and I've never seen us like this besides the playoffs," Hawks forward Al Horford said. "I feel like the fans are starting to come out, they're starting to believe and it's exciting to see. We have a good team and we need their support."

The Hawks defense held John Wall to 15 points and Bradley Beal scored 12 in the loss.

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Stephenson's Three Downs Hawks in Double Overtime

Christopher Trottman/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Lance Stephenson hit a three at the buzzer to give the Charlotte Hornets a 122-119 double overtime win over Atlanta on Firiday night. It was the first three-point attempt of the year for Stephenson and the first game-winning shot of his career.

"For me to hit that big shot, there was a lot of emotion that came out," Stephenson said. "I got real hyped."

With 2.7 seconds left in the second overtime, Stephenson begged coach Steve Clifford to draw up a play for him. Clifford did and Stephenson proceeded to inbound the ball to Marvin Williams before getting it back on a handoff. The 24-year-old's shot banked off the glass and in for the win, prompting Stephenson to leap onto the scorer's table in celebration.

Charlotte (3-3) had a shot at victory in regulation, but Al Jefferson missed a free throw with 9.9 seconds. The Hornets also blew a six point lead in the first overtime and almost gave away the game in the second extra session. As Kemba Walker drove to the basket, he lost his balance and threw up a wild shot that resulted in a 24-second violation. Fortunately for the Hornets, Kyle Korver was called for an illegal screen on the inbound, giving the ball right back.

Jefferson finished the game with 34 points while Al Horford led the Hawks (1-3) with 24 points.

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ESPN: Jon Horford Transfers to Florida

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Michigan junior forward Jon Horford has transferred to Florida, according to ESPN.

Horford, who is the younger brother of former Florida star and current Atlanta Hawks player Al Horford, averaged 3.8 points and 4.2 rebounds per game last season.

The 6-foot-9 Horford helps provide some stability up front for a Florida team that lost senior big men Patric Young and Will Yeguete.

Horford will be eligible to play this upcoming season.

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