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15 leftover items from Hawks’ dramatic Game 5 win

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051315 ATLANTA: Teammates rub Al Horford on the head after he hit the game winning shot to beat the Wizards 82-81 in their Eastern Conference Semifinals game 5 on Tuesday, May 13, 2015, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com
051315 ATLANTA: Teammates rub Al Horford on the head after he hit the game winning shot to beat the Wizards 82-81 in their Eastern Conference Semifinals game 5 on Tuesday, May 13, 2015, in Atlanta.     Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Teammates Pero Antic (left) and Austin Daye (right) rub Al Horford on the head after he hit the game winning shot to beat the Wizards 82-81 in their Eastern Conference semifinals Game 5 on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Sometimes, you can’t find room for it all.

The Hawks’ dramatic Game 5 win over the Wizards Wednesday night at Philips Arena was a case in point. Al Horford hit the game-winning putback off an offensive rebound with 1.9 seconds left for the 82-81 win.

So here are several facts and quotes that got lost in the victory that gave the Hawks a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series:

1. The Hawks had a franchise playoff record 13 blocks. Al Horford had five with DeMarre Carroll, Kyle Korver and Kent Bazemore adding two apiece. Paul Millsap and Mike Muscala had the others. Horford is fifth in the league this postseason with 19 blocks and Korver is tied for seventh with 14. The Hawks previous record was 11 against the Bucks on April 17, 2010.

2. The Wizards had five blocks – all from their starting backcourt of Bradley Beal (3) and John Wall (2).

3. Horford finished with a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds. It was his 23rd career playoff double-double and seventh of this postseason.

4. On Horford’s game-winner, Jeff Teague said “I’ve seen him make big plays but that’s probably the biggest play I’ve seen him make. Just to be that hungry at the end of the game to go get that board, I’m proud of him.”

5. Carroll also had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, the first of his postseason career.

6. Korver had six steals, a postseason career high. It tied for the second-highest by a Hawks player since 1984-85. The six steals are also the most for an NBA player this postseason.

7. Muscala set or tied postseason career highs in points (8), field goals (4), minutes (15) and blocks (1).

8. Teague came out of the game with 5:32 remaining and never returned as Dennis Schroder direct the Hawks down the stretch. Teague was at the scorer’s table to re-enter but told coach Mike Budenholzer to leave Schroder in because of the way he was playing. “They got clicking, rolling, you don’t mess that up,” Teague said.

9. The Hawks had 25 turnovers, a high for a game this postseason.

10. Wall said after the game the decision to play, after missing the past three games with five non-displaced fractures in his left hand and wrist, was basically made the day before Game 5. They waited for final doctor approval.

11. The Hawks outrebounded the Wizards 50-46, the fourth time this postseason they’ve had at least 50 rebounds. In the decisive fourth quarter, the Hawks held a 16-8 edge.

12. The Hawks announced a sellout crowd of 18,854. Of the crowd, Horford said “Electric. Electric, the energy at Philips. You guys have been around here a long time. Honestly, when the game was over, we couldn’t get the postgame interviews going because people were going so crazy. That’s special. I’ve been here and we’ve had some wins in the past but this was something else.”

13. Millsap said the Hawks were “a little in shock” after Paul Pierce hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 8.3 seconds left. “We moved on to the next play, trying to win a game,” Millsap said. “We didn’t stay in that last play. We stayed in the moment.”

14. When asked if moving on was part of the playoff learning process or just basketball, Millsap said “That’s life.”

15. Carroll continues to lead the Hawks postseason in scoring with 16.4 points per game. Horford leads in rebounding (10.2), Teague is assists (7.5) and Millsap in steals (2.0).


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