The forward Al Horford of the Hawks took the limelight in yesterday’s final, Atlanta Hawks vs Indiana Pacers. Well, he seemed to have taken the grasp at the game in the best manner in Q3 and Q4 when the box scores were 23-21 and 29-24 respectively. His momentum shifting dunks and high adrenaline levels combined pretty well in making the Hawks get the victory.
What sparked the Hawks was Paul Millsap’s pair of dunks late in the third quarter. He has 24 points while Horford got done with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists.
Horfords energetic shifts and dunks late in the 3rd quarter flipped the moment and provided fuel to the Hawks to attain their third consecutive win. The star of the game, Horford, showed dramatic moves when he pump-faked at the sharper end of the free-throw line, dribbled towards the right and dunked single handedly. Horford kept this going, on his second dunk he is seen sneaking behind the Pacers defense, dodging the point guard Dennis Schroder, with a two-handed jam, takes the Hawks into the fourth quarter with 73-72 at 6:39 to play.
The fourth quarter began with Schroder’s early 3-pointer and jumper, while the point guard Jeff Teague transformed the three-point play, giving another lead to Atlanta Hawks, 81-76.
At 4:49 Indiana has the 86-84 lead, all thanks to the point guard that hit two 3-pointers in the Q4, along with one from the left wing. This was answered well from the Hawk’s Horford with a jumper, followed by his only three pointer that brought the Hawks back in the lead.
Indiana left no stone unturned to gain the lead in the game. CJ Miles scored 13 points and a contested 3-pointer in the 4th quarter to keep the scores close. Following 13 points and 14 rebounds were scored by the Pacers’ Forward Lavoy Allen. Millsap grabbed 16 points in the first half, while Georgia scored total of 14, out of which 12 were from the first quarter.
This ended the game in Hawks favor bringing them in the third place, while pacers leading behind at the seventh.
For the information, Indiana’s two players were inactive, C Ian Mahinmi (Lower back) and their guard Rodney Stuckey (ankle). While Atlanta’s C Tiago Splitter (hip) was also inactive.
The game was a heated one, Indiana fought back well and was seen coming neck to neck with the Atlanta but Horford saved the day with his marvelous game.