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12/13/2013 11:17 PM EST
Horford lifts Hawks past Wizards, 101-99 in OT

AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA (AP) -- Pero Antic made the game-winning inbounds pass.

Al Horford said all he had to do was make the catch near the
basket and then shoot a soft jumper. All in 1.8 seconds.

Just like in practice.

Horford matched his career high with 34 points, including a
jumper as time expired in overtime, and the Atlanta Hawks
recovered after blowing a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter to
beat the Washington Wizards 101-99 on Friday night.

"We work on that in practice," Horford said. "We had three
options: Me, Paul (Millsap) or Kyle (Korver). I think they
overplayed both of those guys. (Antic) gave me a great pass."

With the game tied at 99, Antic threw the high pass over other
players to Horford, who hit a short fallaway over Washington's
Trevor Booker as the buzzer sounded. A video review confirmed
the shot beat the buzzer.

"It was supposed to be a lob for a dunk," Horford said. "As soon
as I got it, I shot it."

Booker, who led Washington with 24 points and 14 rebounds, said
he thought he could intercept the pass.

"It hurts," Booker said. "I thought I could get the ball and it
went over my head.

"(Horford) actually fumbled it at first and then knocked it
down. I didn't even get a chance to really contest it."

Millsap and Korver had 16 points for Atlanta. Horford grabbed 15

The Hawks took their 11th straight home win in the series.

Korver's 3-pointer gave Atlanta a 95-93 lead in overtime. After
Teague had two baskets for Atlanta, each answered by Booker,
Washington called a timeout with 11 seconds remaining in the
extra period. John Wall's penetration and pass set up Booker's
tying layup with 1.8 seconds remaining.

Wall, quiet most of the night, had 11 points in the fourth
period and finished with 13 while shooting only 6 of 22. Martell
Webster had 15 points.

"We just gave this game away," Wall said, adding his
fourth-quarter shots were "the same shots I took in the first
half, I just didn't make them. I struggled."

The Wizards led 86-84 when Horford blocked a shot by Marcin
Gortat. Wall fouled Horford with 5.5 seconds remaining in
regulation and Horford made both free throws to tie the game.
Wall, guarded by DeMarre Carroll, missed a fallaway jumper at
the buzzer to send the game to overtime.

The Hawks led 48-46 at halftime before outscoring the Wizards
23-15 in the third period. Washington made only 5 of 17 shots in
the period.

Atlanta took an 80-65 lead early in the fourth quarter before
the Wizards made their charge with a 16-2 run.

"We gave them life," Horford said. "They're a resilient team."

Washington coach Randy Wittman said his players "didn't do
anything" before the run late in regulation.

"I'll give them credit for staying in the fight and having an
opportunity to win the game," Wittman said. "But when you don't
play for 42 minutes, you've got to play perfect basketball. ...
I just don't think we were ready to play."

Booker's basket with 4:30 remaining cut the Hawks' lead to
82-77. A tip-in by Gortat trimmed the lead to three points.

Following a missed 3-pointer by Korver, Wall went behind his
back on a drive and basket with 2:56 remaining, cutting
Atlanta's lead to 82-81. Wall added a jumper and 3-pointer in
the final 2:15 of regulation.

Korver had four 3-pointers, extending his NBA-record streak to
92 games with at least one 3.

Wizards rookie Otto Potter, playing in his third game, closed
the first period with his first career field goal. Potter then
made Washington's first basket of the second period on a jumper.

NOTES: Washington's last win at Atlanta was on Jan. 11, 2008.
... Gortat had 12 points and 10 rebounds. ... Horford also had
34 points at Utah on Feb. 27, 2013. ... Wizards F Nene
(Achilles) and G Bradley Beal (leg) did not play. Webster
returned after missing one game with a sprained right ankle. ...
The Hawks recalled G John Jenkins from the Bakersfield Jam of
the NBA Development League. Jenkins was assigned to Bakersfield
on Dec. 6. ... Horford's previous season high was 27 points at
Sacramento on Nov. 5.

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