Dominique’s Greatest Moments - 14

Hawks legend Dominique Wilkins was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame, as you may have heard. We here at Hawks.com 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, Hawks.com 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.

April 10, 1986: Dominique scores a career-high 57 points against the New Jersey Nets.

As the 1985-86 season wore down, Dominique Wilkins was in a heated three-way battle with Utah's Adrian Dantley and Denver's Alex English. In the team's penultimate game, with his teammates determined to help him win the scoring title, Wilkins tied a Hawks franchise record (shared by Bob Pettit and Lou Hudson) by scoring 57 points, which put him into the scoring lead at 30.285 ppg going into the season's final game.

The game marked the first 50+ point performance of Nique's career, and he would top that number six more times before he hung 'em up.

The Hawks won the game 126-117, running their record to 49-32 on the season on their way to making the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Doc Rivers
former teammate of Wilkins, current Head Coach of Boston Celtics
"The funny thing about that game is, we were trying so hard to help Dominique win the scoring title, we almost lost the game in the process. We were up big in the second half, but New Jersey came all the way back towards the end to nearly take the game away from us.

Fortunately, we held on. But we all knew we had two missions that night - to win the game, and to help Dominique get to the title."