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Al Horford hits the game-winner to send Hawks past Bucks (VIDEO)

Feb 23, 2013, 11:59 PM EDT

The Hawks came from 10 points down late in the fourth quarter to get a nice road win over the Bucks on Saturday, and this play from Al Horford turned out to be the game-winner that sealed it.

Horford is the type of low-post player that really needs to be double-teamed, especially in a situation like this with the game hanging in the balance. Milwaukee chose to play him straight up, however, and Horford simply backed down his defender until he was close enough to bank home an easy hook shot from no more than three feet from the basket.

Monta Ellis had converted a driving layup over Josh Smith on the play before this one to give the Bucks a momentary lead, and he had a chance to win the game at the buzzer. But his fading jumper from 10 feet out went long off the iron, and the game landed in the win column for the Hawks.

  1. saint1997 - Feb 24, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    Very underrated young power forward/centre in this league. If the Hawks can somehow manoeuvre themselves a nice centre and some solid picks (they may need to tank for a while) then they have a promising future with him and Teague

  2. mannyicey - Feb 24, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    The Hawks have money. They’re going to be in the Dwight Howard sweepstakes. Plus, they have some pieces to sell off. They can make the playoffs and still upgrade next year and get a big name or two.

  3. pglive21 - Feb 24, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    This is exactly why Hawks fan wish Horford would go into the low post more often. He is a great pick and pop guy but he doesn’t utilize his post skills nearly as often as he should.

  4. scott46 - Feb 24, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Hammond knows his Bucks are soft and weak inside, that’s why he tried to get Josh Smith. Milwaukee is often taken advantage of inside as they have no consistent rebounder, scorer, and defender which is why they lost last night and have losing records for the last 4 year. Fans blame Jennings and Ellis but to depend on jump shots which is what Milwaukee does for the most part is unrealistic. The coach, structure, team rotation is not being utilize to these specific player, it will take something unconventional and a coach that thinks outside the box. Which this team does not have…

  5. jameskocian - Feb 25, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    This is exactly why Ellis need(ed) to go. 2 straight games he’s cost the Bucks a W. These are the kinds of situations he was brought in to secure. Down 3, with 3 free throws to tie the game, Ellis goes 0-3 and the Bucks lose by 3 (vs. Brooklyn Wednesday).

    Then Saturday night he drives the lane and opts for the Jennings floater (which rarely goes in), and shocking only to Ellis himself, the ball ckanks off the back iron. Bucks lose again.

    Ellis never even looked to pass, which is o.k. as long as you HIT the driving, open shots. The Jennings/Ellis combo is really 2 average – above average players. If they were magically to combine their best attributes and eliminate their bad habits, it would make ONE (max salary) back court player.

    Ellis is on pace to have one of the worst shooting seasons (%) in NBA history. I’d much rather see JJ shoot it henceforth in those situations.

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