At that point Al Horford happened, and the Atlanta hawks caught a 82-81 Game 5 victory.
After Wall had officially totaled 15 points, seven assists, four steals and an insistent swat with five non-displaced fractures in his left hand and wrist that made him miss three games, he skied for what gave off an impression of being an game sparing block on Dennis Schroder.
At the same time, Horford simply turned out to be too much-even for Paul Pierce, who drilled a go-ahead corner three to give Washington an one-point lead with eight seconds left. ESPN Stats & Information shared a stunning detail regarding Horford and Pierce:
Al Horford (61%) & Paul Pierce (52%) are 1st and 2nd, respectively, in highest clutch time FG pct over last 5 postseasons (min. 20 FGA).
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 14, 2015
ICYMI: After Paul Pierce hit go-ahead 3-pointer he looked at Hawks bench and said ‘Series.’ — Chris Vivlamore (@CVivlamoreAJC) May 14, 2015
Furthermore, much the same as that, its the Hawks who have an opportunity to finish things off Friday night in the nation’s capital.
Horford, the oft-neglected glue of Atlanta’s beginning five, isn’t all of a sudden developing as a star. He’s been one for quite a while.
Presently everybody has motivation to pay heed.
“Al was a monster for us,” point protect Jeff Teague said, by Atlanta Diary Constitution’s Jeff Schultz.
By totaling 23 points (10-of-18 shooting), 11 rebounds back and five blocks, Horford joined Dwight Howard as the main players this postseason to compile no less than 20 points, 10 boards and five rejections in a game.
Indeed, even he couldn’t believe it.