Dominique’s Greatest Moments - 16

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.

February 16, 1988: In a game against Sacramento, Wilkins sets a team record with 28 points in the third quarter.

To score 50+ in a game, a player will have to put up some solid numbers from beginning to end. But sometimes those numbers can come in bigger bunches, which is what happened one night in February during the 1988-89 season.

On his way to 51 points, Dominique scored 28 points in an electrifying third quarter, leading the team back from a double-digit deficit to lead 95-88 entering the final quarter (though the Hawks eventually lost, 118-115).

Nique was a lights-out 10-for-12 from the field in the period (and one was a 3/4 court heave at the buzzer), and the 28 points broke the previous franchise record for points in a quarter, set by Cliff Hagan back in 1958 with St. Louis.

The game was the sixth time in Wilkins' career to that point that he topped the 50-point mark, but the first time his team came away with a loss.

Steve Holman
Voice of the Hawks
"The 28 point quarter in the Omni certainly got the crowd going. Finishing with another 50 point game, plus the big quarter would have made for a perfect night, except the shootout came down to former Hawk Reggie Theus beating us at the buzzer. Theus had not been a favorite of his Hawks teammates when he spent his one season here.(1989-90) In fact he made a career of spending just 1 season with every team he played for.

Nique took the loss hard, and never really enjoyed the night for what it was, a special performance. Another side note to that game. I remember the Kings coach Bill Russell running across the floor at the end towards the visitors dressing room hugging Theus. One of the only bright spots in Russell's short stint as coach of Sacramento."