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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.”
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