Hawks 101, Wizards 99 (OT)

David Purdum, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Hawks forward Al Horford had his best game of the season. Washington Wizards point guard John Wall did not.
Horford hit two tying free throws with five seconds to play to force overtime and then hit a fade-away jumper as time expired to lift the Hawks over the Wizards 101-99 on Friday night at Philips Arena.
Tied 99-99 with 1.01 second to play, Hawks forward Pero Antic lobbed an inbounds pass to Horford, who hit a five-foot baseline jumper for the winner.
Horford finished with a season-high 34 points and 15 rebounds to lead Atlanta to its 11th straight home win over Washington, a streak that dates back to Jan. 11, 2008.
The Hawks took a 10-point lead into the fourth quarter, but saw the Wizards cut the lead to 82-81 on a razzle-dazzle layup from Wall, who went behind his back for only third field goal of the night with three minutes to play. He later hit a pull-up jumper with time running down on the shot clock to give the Wizards their first lead of the second half.
Washington forward Trevor Booker had a season-high 22 points, including a reverse layup that tied the game 99-99 with one second left in overtime.
It wasn't pretty for much of the game.
Wall hit just one of his first 10 shots and found himself on the bench after jacking up an air-ball 3-point attempt in the third quarter. Wall's potential winning jumper at the end of regulation also failed to hit the rim. Wall finished with 13 points on 6-of-22 shooting.
Hawks guard Kyle Korver swished his first 3-point attempt of the night with 2:26 left in the first quarter, extending his NBA-record streak to 92 games with at least one made 3-pointer.
Both teams were coming off poor offensive performances and weren't crisp early. Air-balls, missed layups and lazy turnovers marred a sloppy first quarter.
The Hawks (12-11), who shot a season-low 35.6 percent in a Tuesday loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, missed six of their seven shots. The Wizards (9-12), who scored a season-low 74 points in a Monday loss to the Denver Nuggets, opened Friday's game 5 of 17 from the floor.
The quality of play picked up in the second quarter. The Wizards got a spark from their bench, with guard Glen Rice Jr. connecting on a pair of 3-pointers, and center Jan Vesely adding a couple of baskets on the inside. The Hawks got going behind Horford, who hit 5 of 7 shots in the first half, helping the Hawks take a 48-46 lead into halftime.
NOTES: Wizards G Bradley Beal returned to practice in limited capacity this week, but the second-year player does not have a timetable for his return from a stress injury to his right fibula. Beal, who was leading the Wizards in scoring, missed the last eight games. ... Atlanta F/C Gustavo Ayon missed his second straight game with a left ankle sprain. ... The Wizards' bench, which entered the game averaging an NBA-low 13.4 bench points, scored 16 in the first half. ... Washington F Al Harrington underwent surgery on his right knee Monday and will be re-evaluated in four weeks. ... The Hawks head to New York City for a Saturday night game against the struggling Knicks before returning home to face the Los Angeles Lakers. ... The Wizards host the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night.

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