Korver’s 3-pointer lifts Hawks to win in OT

Kyle Korver hit a 3-pointer from 25-feet away with 1.9 seconds left in overtime to lift the Hawks to a 101-100 win over Washington on Wednesday at Philips Arena.

But it was close, as in a fingertip close.

On its last possession, Washington’s Kevin Seraphin airballed a hook shot as the Wizards tried to pull out their first victory of the year. Martell Webster alertly came under the basket and tipped the ball up and in as the game clock expired. The Wizards ran back to their bench, sure the shot would be counted. The Hawks weren’t sure. The officials weren’t sure. After a review, they ruled “no basket,” sending the crowd into a frenzy.

It was the Hawks’ (6-4) third consecutive win and ensured that the Wizards (0-10) remained the NBA’s only winless team. Atlanta will play at Charlotte on Friday.

Josh Smith led the Hawks with 25 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out with 1:33 left in overtime. Al Horford just missed his first career triple-double with 15 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds. Seraphin led the Wizards with 21 points.

“Somehow, someway we found a way to win and that’s what good teams do,” Hawks coach Larry Drew said. “They feel they are never out, they feel like they can execute down the stretch, they feel like they can get stops down the stretch. We did that.”

Drew smiled and said he’ll take credit when asked if the play that led to Korver’s shot was executed like it was supposed to be.

“I was telling myself, ‘Don’t leave another one on the front of the rim,’” said Korver, who finished with 16 points on 5-of-12 shooting, all 3-point attempts. “It was just a good game for our team. It was a gut-check game. We could have lost that game three or four times.”

After seeing an 11-point lead disappear in the second half, the Hawks forced overtime on two Devin Harris free throws that tied the game at 90 with 3.7 seconds left. The play was designed for him to take the ball and turn the corner.

“He did a great job drawing the foul,” Drew said, who praised the team’s play after timeouts.

Smith started a wild up-and-down few minutes for him in overtime with a basket to give the Hawks a quick lead. But AJ Price completed a three-point play and Smith shot an airball. Chris Singleton hit a jumper to push the Wizards’ lead to 95-92.

Smith hit a layup to cut the Hawks’ deficit to 95-94 before Trevor Ariza hit a 3-pointer in the corner to give the Wizards a 98-94 lead.

Trying for an offensive rebound, Smith fouled out on the next possession.

Horford followed by missing two free throws but the Hawks got the rebound and Teague hit a short jumper to cut the Hawks’ gap to 98-96. The defense then forced the Wizards into a bad shot, which bounced out of bounds, giving the Hawks possession with 31.3 seconds left.

Horford was again fouled and again missed both free throws – making nine misses in 10 attempts – but the Wizards weren’t able to control the rebound with 20.4 seconds left.

Knowing that Horford was struggling at the line, Drew nevertheless drew up an inbounds play that called for Horford to get the ball near the basket, risking him going to the line again. The pass was clean and Horford powered it in – without a foul — to the game at 98 with 19.5 seconds left.

Drew said he wanted to show Horford that he trusted him. Horford, a 66.7-percent free-throw shooter coming into the game, said he appreciated his coach’s sentiment and that he was going to work on his shooting.

“That’s the first time in a game that that’s really happened to me,” he said. “But the most important thing to me was that we won.”

It was a game the Hawks seemed to have in hand after Smith started with nine points in the first quarter.

“He really set the tone,” Drew said.

But the Wizards kept rallying, partly because the Hawks weren’t running the fast-break well and partly because the Wizards were tenacious.

The Hawks took an 86-85 lead on a 3-pointer by Devin Harris, answering one hit by Chris Singleton on Washington’s previous possession.

Seraphin gave the Wizards a 87-86 lead with a jumper from the free-throw line with 4:11 left.

Smith tried an off-balance jumper that missed, but the Wizards knocked the ball out of bounds. He then tried an across-court pass that was stolen, but he got back to disrupt the shot and then drew a charge after Washington got the rebound.

The Hawks forced a shot-clock violation and called a timeout with 2:03 left.

The play quickly dissolved after Nene, playing for the first time this season for the Wizards after being sidelined by a foot injury, stole the ball from Smith, leading to a layup on the other end that gave the Wizards a 89-86 lead.

Trying to back down Nene in the post, Smith was called for an offensive foul. The Wizards failed to score, and Teague cut the Hawks’ deficit to one, 89-88, with a layup with 54.5 seconds left.

The teams traded misses, forcing the Hawks to foul. The strategy worked when Nene missed one of two free throws with 10.3 seconds left. Smith grabbed the rebound and the Hawks called a timeout with 9.6 seconds left and trailing 90-88.

The Wizards, with a foul to give, used it with 5.4 seconds left. The Hawks inbounded the ball to Harris, who was fouled as he drove across the lane by Nene with 3.7 seconds left to set up the overtime.

“This was really a gutsy win by our group,” Drew said. “Coming into this game this morning, I did not have a really good feeling about it because I really believe in my head that watching this Wizards team play that they are really better than their record indicates.”

Roundfield honored

Former Hawk Dan Roundfield was honored at halftime. Members of his family were in attendance as the team presented them with a large painting of Roundfield, who played for the team from 1978-84 and was a three-time All-Star. He averaged 15.2 points in his career, which included stops in Indiana, Detroit and Washington. He drowned off the coast of Aruba in August while trying to help his wife, Bernie. He was 59 years old.

– Doug Roberson, AJC

48 comments Add your comment


November 21st, 2012
11:33 pm

Hawks are a scary but interesting team. FIRST!

Rev in Tampa

November 21st, 2012
11:48 pm

I’m glad I attended this game in person with my children. WHAT A FINISH!


November 21st, 2012
11:52 pm

Wow, I hope Korver is back next year, he is easily our MVP so far this season


November 21st, 2012
11:54 pm

Definitely fun to watch. Lots of energy. They are going to be trouble for a lot of teams this year; including some of the elite teams.

william cranman

November 21st, 2012
11:55 pm

RIP Dan Roundfield. One of my favorite Hawks of all time.

Najeh Davenpoop

November 21st, 2012
11:58 pm

By far the highlight of tonight’s game: this kid (who according to Twitter may or may not be Al Horford’s little brother).


November 21st, 2012
11:59 pm


November 22nd, 2012
12:00 am

Ditto – william cranman


November 22nd, 2012
12:02 am

najeh, johsh on his own almost lost that game.


November 22nd, 2012
12:03 am

We will take every win we can….

Gray Mule

November 22nd, 2012
12:08 am

Wow! Couldn’t be closer.

Washington have an 0-10 record but they were good tonight.



November 22nd, 2012
12:09 am

Keep the positive comments coming.
Makes me really excited for this season. A nice W tonight.
Wizards would have made this hard on any team tonight. They really wanted to break their losing streak.

Korver. . . guess we know who’s shooting the last second 3’s in Joe’s place.


November 22nd, 2012
12:11 am

I hate watching Josh play basketball.


November 22nd, 2012
12:15 am

Is this team better than last year’s team, or the year before, or the year before ???
Will this team win 30 games??
Not being negative, just want to know from all the experts on here.


November 22nd, 2012
12:18 am


November 21st, 2012
2:51 pm

the way i see this one going is like this:

wizards control tempo and game thru 3 quarters or so and the hawks struggle to get the lead. midway thru the fourth the hawks make a run and instead of putting a lesser opponent away early at home–this one goes down to the wire with the hawks winning by single digits. i’ve seen this game a million times with the hawks and the falcons.

i hope i’m wrong and we blow them out by halftime–but don’t count on it!

go hawks!

WOW – dude nailed it!


November 22nd, 2012
12:21 am

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November 22nd, 2012
1:47 am

Why are the hawks winning? We are suppose to be loosing! We need the top pick in the draft. Oh well, though, I like this group — with the exception of Josh — great win!


November 22nd, 2012
2:35 am

Great win and great clutch shooting by Korver. Horford with the 10 dimes was remarkable.

Coach D

November 22nd, 2012
5:43 am

Josh Smith: The worst 25 point 12 rebound game in the HISTORY of the NBA…


November 22nd, 2012
6:48 am

Get Off!

Yawl need to stop breathing down Josh’s back and GET OFF his sacks. Josh is the face of this franchise AND heart & soul of this team. Without Mr. Smith, The Hawks are NEVER even in this game at the end. Kyle Korver;s talents make Joe Johnson an after thought … no more ball pounding on the perimeter looks great. Kyle looks like Reggie Miller running around the floor out there.

Allow this team that I LOVE to find their own mettle and gel together. We have only seen 10 games so far. If anyone had predicted a 6-4 start to the season, I would have taken that line.

Welcome to the post – Joe Johnson Era!
Enjoy the savings!
Keep the popcorn popping!
Stop all the teeth gnashing!

Let’s Go Josh & The Hawks!


November 22nd, 2012
7:30 am

’sup, drmaryb!

Whoo, these Hawks are Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde scary. Looked like a b-ball version of the Falcons vs. CAR/ARZ/OAK … *shudder*

Can the jetlag from our West Coast trip last this long?

What to say about how Woodson has the Knicks ballin’?!?!?!? We have seen that before so playoff time will tell if it was the ATL talent or the coaching


November 22nd, 2012
7:37 am

That was some great pre-Turkey entertainment. The Hawks just need some more size and consistent rebounding. Let’s talk about how Teague is progressing very well for this team. He is a fantastic point guard. Devin Harris is giving Jeff a run for his money for sure. This is Teague’s team to lose.


November 22nd, 2012
7:41 am

Woodson is using the same philosophy he used here in Atlanta. Defend hard and do whatever you like on offense. I am certain they have plays. However, they have more vets and 2 effective point guards. This is something never had in Atlanta. Go Woody! More importantly Go Hawks!!!!!


November 22nd, 2012
8:12 am

Yes, Josh, does occasionally take a stupid shot. Who doesn’t. He is the face of the Hawks and gives it his all. If Josh goes, I go as a fan. Ferry seems to recognize that and is doing a great job in building for the future. Glad iso Joe is done bogging down the offense.

Rim Rocker

November 22nd, 2012
8:54 am

Horford 1 for 10 on free throws? He easily could have cost them the game. Is he related to Shaq?

Rim Rocker

November 22nd, 2012
8:56 am

NBA players shouldn’t be missing 90% of free throws. Most shoot 70% + on free throws. Horford was 10% last night.

Nite Owl

November 22nd, 2012
9:07 am

Nice win by the Hawks. The Wizards were desperate and playing hard. Where the heck did this Seraphin kid come from? I need to pay closer attention around the league.

I know there’s a lot of pros and cons to both Horford and Smoove’s games, but I’m happy to have both of them. 1-10 at the line is a fluke, like Matt Ryan throwing 5 interceptions. It’s not going to happen again anytime soon.

I love this team. We are deep everywhere except small forward, and you know what? I think using Smoove/Korver/etc, at the 3 works just fine.

It may all get blown up at the end of the year, but Danny Ferry has done a heck of a job putting together a competitive roster AND giving us the flexibility to go after one or two max players next year. He gets BOTH turkey legs from my table.

Happy Thanksgiving y’all!


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November 22nd, 2012
9:34 am

It seems most of us agree this game should have never been this close. But, it was. The HAWKS showed a great deal of poise and grit by not letting the game get completely away. Hey, a few less turnovers. A few less missed free throws, it is a different game. However, the way the game was, the guys came back and pulled it out when they needed to.

At the end of the day, when you look at the win/loss column, most do not look at the margin of victory or whether the game went into OT. They look at wins versus losses and this game is in the win column. Kyle is certainly filling in for our Joe Johnson, Jamal Crawford loss and Jeff is doing a very capable job just like most of us always knew he would. If Danny can pick up a good small forward before February, we might be able to go deep into the playoffs. GO HAWKS!!!!


November 22nd, 2012
9:51 am

The Hawks are gonna have to go away from this small lineup or else they’re gonna start losing to teams they shouldn’t. The real reason this game was close? This Wizards outrebounded the Hawks 58 to 37.


November 22nd, 2012
11:07 am

Take the win, Josh had I thought a lousy shooting game(stay in the paint smoove). Al I never seen him miss so many free throws, I agree I think we need a big time rebounder(Varajo). korver is a heck of a shooter. Brooklyn lost to GS I see joe is still average joe I am sure he will go for 40 against us.


November 22nd, 2012
11:22 am

“By far the highlight of tonight’s game: this kid (who according to Twitter may or may not be Al Horford’s little brother).”

Najeh, that is awesome. Best link of the year, no doubt!

I wasn’t able to watch most of the game, just the overtime period. Good win, but Al was killing me with the missed free throws. I love KK. There is nothing better to watch on a basketball court than a shooter who knows how to move without the ball, find the open space, receive the pass and stroke a beautiful shot. I have always loved watching Reggie Miller, Ray Allen and others who play like this. In my opinion, those are the most dangerous guys on the floor. The are hard to defend and wear out the guys who are defending them and their range almost makes it impossible to defend them. If you have a decent point guard (Teague), a playmaker (Lou) and a post up game (Josh if he decides to stay down there), those shooters can take you over the top as the other team has to play honest defense. Atlanta has never had a consistent shooter who understands the game like KK. I love watching it!


November 22nd, 2012
11:30 am

Let me say,I ride with the hawks but I kinda wanted then to lose last night for LD could get closer out the door.did anyone felt the same or was it just me ?


November 22nd, 2012
11:34 am

“Atlanta has never had a consistent shooter who understands the game like KK. ”

I guess you are too young to remember Lou Hudson.


November 22nd, 2012
11:39 am

Once Josh fouled out I knew we would win. Josh takes to many shots. If the shooters we have on this team were to take as many shots as Josh these games would not be close.


November 22nd, 2012
11:47 am

Smoove makes one crazy; so much talent, so little discretion. fortunately he fouled out so he could not arc one up from 20 feet.


November 22nd, 2012
11:54 am


Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

November 22nd, 2012
12:05 pm

Amazing how LD is always saying pregame how we must execute better, yet we get down early or battle against TERRIBLE teams. Have we blown one mediocre team out this year?

Korver is probably having a blast.

Contract year, he is starting, good minutes, and playing well.

I hope he stays with us in future years.

Happy Thanksgiving


November 22nd, 2012
12:18 pm

Didnt they get out rebounded like 58-37? I wonder why. This team is really thin on the front court.

They need to make a trade really soon. For example look at the Warriors they are loaded in the front court with:

SF Barnes, R. Jefferson, Bazemore
PF David Lee, Carl Landry, Draymond Green
C Festus Ezeli, Andrus Biedrins, Andrew Bogut

Cleary they can make a move if not with this team, there is a team out there.


November 22nd, 2012
12:21 pm

@ ag thanks for the props! i got lucky i guess but i have “seen” that game a hundred times. thankfully we won last nights version. i like this team but they are hard to figure out. josh smith was horrible in the fourth quarter!!! he josh, “they leave you open for a reason.” either drive it or pass it!

i agree about korver–definitely our mvp so far! the guy is just so smart on both sides of the court and his shot is going to go more often than not!

i hate to say it but i think it’s time to trade josh!!! the guy has sooooooo much upside but just doesn’t seem to get it….basketball is an easy game–be smart with the ball, shot selection and box out on defense. by doing those few things you can win a lot of games in rec league, high school, college and definitely in the pros.


November 22nd, 2012
1:53 pm

What a pathetic showing agianst a winless team. Larry Drew should be chewing them out, not lauding their efforts.

Big Baby

November 23rd, 2012
9:44 am

trade osh for Big Baby.

Ken Strickland

November 23rd, 2012
10:02 am

SAUTEE-Don’t forget “THE STINGER” Mike Glenn. And although he wasn’t a Hawk for very long, Terry Ferlow would certainly fit that mold.

Ken Strickland

November 23rd, 2012
10:47 am

With Josh becoming a FA after the season ends, do you think Ferry will consider trading him by the deadline, or utilize his talents for the entire season and then trade or let him walk? It’s reached the point where it might be in Josh’s best interest to get a way from the city he’s played basketball for most if not all of his career.

Even though this team is 6-4, it’s only been beaten once. In the other 3 losses we’ve beaten ourselves, mainly as a result of poor substitutions and rotations. When rebounding and/or DEF were needed most, Drew routinely utilized veteran 3pt shooters that were poor rebounders and/or defenders. During this mini winning streak Drew has used Ivan a lot more and ATolliver sparingly.

If one of our top 13 players became injuried and unable to play for an extended period, we’d probably replace him on IR and sign a replacement player. In that situation we’d be obligated to pay both players. Well, why not take that same approach with JPetro, who’s already been out for an extended periord of time, and either wave or put him on IR, and sign a replacement?

There’s no way in hell we wouldn’t be able to get more production out of DJames or KBenson than we’ve gotten from him, or will likely get from him. So far, this Hawks team has done quite well considering the inconsistency and OFF 1st approach it’s had to deal with from LDrew.

Rather than retain and play a legimate SF(DJames) with much needed DEF and rebounding skills, Drew chose to play 3 3pt shooters with rebounding and/or DEF issues(Stevenson, Korver, Tolliver) out of position in a SF by committee approach. By moving IJohnson ahead of ATolliver in the rotation, he’s already shown he realizes he made a big mistake. Now it’s time to admit another big mistake and resign DJames, or even KBenson.

Lou Hudson

November 23rd, 2012
11:50 am

Dan Roundfield was a class act! He was my favorite Chippewa…he and Dan Majerle.


November 23rd, 2012
3:30 pm

we should have won that game hands down. josh, please quit trying the long 3 pointer. leave that to korver, its his game . yours is at the post. you can,t lose playing that position and your just so damn good at it. stay after the rebounds and stay in the post. no one is better at that than you. good luck,


November 23rd, 2012
8:24 pm

Now that the team is playing well, will coach Drew ever play the rookies? I see other teams are starting some of theirs, Remember Woodson held Teague back for a couple of years while we suffer with the slow Mike Bibby. Didn’t Drew coach under Woodson? We need to lively this team up some with some new faces on the floor. We need to play more of our new comers also, there maybe star on the bench.


November 24th, 2012
11:16 am

too close……we need to beat Boston, LAC, LAL, Heat and other teams like that…….not the Wizards……