Korver's career-night rallies Hawks


Korver's career-night rallies Hawks

ATLANTA Kyle Korver is about as one-dimensional a player as you'll find in the NBA.

But that one dimension he brings to the game, 3-point shooting, is pretty damn impressive.

The Boston Celtics will certainly agree after Korver played a pivotal role in leading the Hawks to one of the most improbable victories ever.

Trailing by as many as 27 points to the Celtics, Korver and a slew of 3-point bombs catapulted Atlanta to a 123-111 double overtime win.

"It seemed like everything he was throwing up was going in," said Hawks coach Larry Drew. "I was just trying to draw up plays to get the ball in his hands."

And in the second half, most worked as Korver nailed a career-high 8 3-pointers with all coming in the second half. He led all scorers with a season-high 27 points.

"Korver came out (in the third quarter) and got hot, and that changed the game," said Boston's Kevin Garnett.

One of the NBA's best 3-point shooters, Korver has hit at least one 3-pointer in each of his last 37 games which is the longest active streak in the NBA and the second-longest in Hawks history behind Mookie Blalock who drilled at least one 3-pointer in 42 consecutive games.

"When the ones that don't feel good still go in, it's nice," Korver said. "It was just a good shooting night."

To fall behind so deeply so quickly - Boston led by 20 points within a minute into the second quarter - Atlanta had to have someone emerge with a better-than-average kind of game.

In came Korver, who continued to get free possession after possession.

"When you make some shots, you get better screens and you get better passes and things like that," Korver said. "It just happens. Guys did a good job of helping me get open, and passing me the ball in the right spots. I don't create shots on my own. I work off everybody, and try to play good team basketball."

Among those working to free up Korver was Josh Smith, who had a near triple-double of 17 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists.

"He (Korver) shot the mess out of it," Smith said. "Without him shooting the ball like that, we didn't have a chance of getting back in the ball game. By him making those shots early on, it kind of drove the momentum to our side. Everybody else looked a little bit more enthused."

And the Hawks got a hard-earned win courtesy of Korver delivering the one thing he does as good as anyone in the NBA - the 3-pointer.