Dominique’s Greatest Moments - 12

Hawks legend Dominique Wilkins was recently inducted into the Hall of
Fame, as you may have heard. We here at cannot get enough of Nique,
and are constantly scouring the internet for video of his days as the Human
Highlight Film. On December 1st, the Hawks will be honoring Dominique as part of
Hardwood Classic Nights, with the team wearing throwback uniforms representing
the 1986 season.

To get ready for the festivities, is counting down the 21
greatest moments of Wilkins' career. Check back daily as we update the countdown
every weekday leading up to the Dec. 1 match-up with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

9, 1988: In a back-and-forth battle, Dominique Wilkins scores 49 points and
Charles Barkley scores 47 in a 112-110 Hawks win.

Not all of Dominique's great shootouts occurred in the playoffs. Just days
after scoring 29 in the 1988 NBA All-Star game (more on that later in the
countdown), Nique staged an impressive duel with the Sixers' Charles Barkley,
scoring 49 points in a 112-110 to Barkley's 47.

Wilkins came out ahead not just in point total, but in the game as well, as
he scored off an inbound pass in the game's final seconds to give the Hawks the
lead. Barkley had a chance to win it at the end, but his three-point attempt
bounced off the back of the rim to give Atlanta the victory.

For the game, Nique ended up with 49 points on 16-33 shooting from the field
and 13-18 from the line. He also chipped in with 12 rebounds and four assists.

Charles Barkley
NBA Hall-of-Famer
"I remember that game very well. It was the first game out after the
All-Star break, and (Hawks coach Mike) Fratello was the coach of the East for
the All-Star game, and only played me like five minutes. I was mad as hell!

I wanted to come out and drop 50 on him, just to pay him back for sitting me
for so long. Nique hit a shot right at the end, putting them up two. We called
timeout, and in the huddle - it was our first game with new coach Jim Lynam -
before our last shot, he told me to go out there and make it to show up Fratello
for sitting me so much. I almost had it too. I got a good look at a three that
would have won the game - and given me 50.

Nique lit it up that night too, just like he did throughout his career. But
that was the year they sat me, and I said afterwards I wouldn't play in the
All-Star game if I wasn't starting. I wasn't going to waste my only in-season
vacation like that. But then I started like the next ten games in a row, so it
was ok."