Hawks Dominate Cavaliers as Korver Breaks Three-Point Streak Record
With a three-pointer from the right wing with 5:47 to play in the first quarter, Kyle Korver set the all-time record for consecutive games with a made three-pointer at 90, breaking Dana Barros’ record. Korver finished the night 4-of-6 from the field and 2-of-3 from three-point range with 10 points and two assists, but make no mistake, tonight was Kyle’s night.
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“It feels good. Feels good. Glad it’s done. My naps the last couple games haven’t been very solid. You know, I try not to think about getting this close and not getting it, because that wouldn’t have been fun. Yeah, man, I’m glad it’s over. I’m proud of it for sure. I just said [to the team] ‘Thank you.’ I’m not out there creating the shots. I’m the product of good team basketball. Of setting screens and good passes, floor spacing and all that. This wouldn’t of happened without them. A lot of these guys have been here throughout this whole streak. There’s a lot of thanks to go around. Players who aren’t here this year. Coaches who aren’t here this year. These guys in this locker room. I just had to say thank you.”
“Tonight was a great night for Kyle Korver,” said Coach Budenholzer. “His teammates are very happy for him and then the coaching staff [as well], mostly because he’s a great teammate. He’s just a person that we all enjoy competing with and being around every day. He’s a heck of a competitor. He’s a heck of a basketball player, and he’s a heck of a shooter. For him to do what he did over the course of [90 games], it’s a heck of an effort. We’re just really pleased for Kyle. We all feel fortunate to be a part of Kyle’s night tonight.”
The Hawks got out to a fast start and never relented. Everything was going the Hawks way as they out-scoried the Cavaliers 37-20 in the first quarter that appropriately ended on a 50-foot heave by Paul Millsap at the buzzer. Millsap talked about what he was thinking when he put up the three-quarter court bomb.
“Fun shot. We shoot those shots every day [in practice]. I lose every time, but I won today.”
Millsap ended the game with 16 points and 14 rebounds in 27 minutes, most of which came in the first half. Millsap was aggressive going after Tristan Thompson on the offensive end in the first half, much like he did to Blake Griffin in the Clippers’ game on Wednesday. Millsap was also a beast on the offensive boards, collecting seven. As to his excellent play of late, Millsap shrugged it off.
“You’re just seeing me play basketball. That’s my main goal, just go out there and help this team win.”
Al Horford was the Hawks leading scorer on the night with 22 points and he added nine rebounds, four assists, two steals, and two blocks. Horford was tasked with dealing with Andrew Bynum, who has a significant size advantage on Horford, but Al was able to hold his own on the offensive end.
The Hawks had seven players reach double-figures on the game, and the team defense, particularly in the first half was tremendous. Kyrie Irving was held scoreless on the night for the first time in his career, going 0-of-9 from the floor. Dion Waiters had a big night off the bench with 30 points, Bynum added 20 points and 13 boards (nine offensive), and Jarrett Jack had 12 points off the bench.
However, the night belonged to Korver, and his teammates lavished him with praise after the game.
“That’s great, man,” said Millsap (who assisted on the record-breaker). “I’m in awe to see something like that. Teams focus on keeping him off the three-point line. So, for him to do that for so long, it’s an amazing accomplishment.”
“Just proud of him, man,” said Horford. “If there’s one guy in the league that definitely deserves it, it’s him. He’s so committed and focused, all the things he does off the court is what has put him in this position, and we’re all really happy for him.
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