Life without Al Horford in the lineup probably won’t be incredibly fun for the Atlanta Hawks, but they started their post-Horford journey with a 118-116 overtime win over the Charlotte Bobcats.
Atlanta had to overcome a 14-point second half deficit (at home) in the game, but when Pero Antic’s buzzer-beating three went through the net at the end of regulation, they completed a massive comeback in causing overtime. From there, Lou Williams led the way in a productive overtime period, as the Hawks built a 6-point lead at various points before holding on for a 2-point final margin.
Paul Millsap picked up the slack for his frontcourt partner in Horford by scoring 33 points and grabbing 13 rebounds for the Hawks, and he was supported up front by 18 points and 6 boards off the bench by Mike Scott. On the perimeter, Jeff Teague (20 points, 9 assists) and the aforementioned Lou Williams (season-high 28 points) were more than enough to help out the big men, and it was a balanced effort.
Kyle Korver also made headlines (yet again) with his 99th straight game with a 3-pointer, as he continues to shatter his own record on a daily basis. It wasn’t a big night from Korver (just 3-of-11 from the field), but until he comes up short in the 3-point department for a full game, the record book will rewrite itself.
For the Bobcats, big Al Jefferson did post a 20-20 game with 24 points and 23 rebounds, but not even that type of explosion could give the Bobcats enough to get the win. Kemba Walker shot a disastrous 4-for-20 from the floor in the game (yikes), and Charlotte also fell victim to foul shooting from the Hawks, as the home team posted 28-for-34 (over 82%) from the line.
It may be a long season for the Hawks without Horford in the fold, but they are 1-0 in his absence.