Dominique’s Greatest Moments - 18

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.

March 25, 1994: Wilkins returns to Atlanta with the Clippers, scores 36 in a 97-94 win.

It was a sad moment for Hawks fans when Nique was traded to Los Angeles for Danny Manning at the trade deadline of the 1993-94 season. We won't get into it too much here (we are the Hawks website, after all), but sufficed to say, the decision caused quite a commotion on the Atlanta sports scene.

And when the Clippers made their annual visit to Atlanta to play the Hawks almost a month to the day after the deal was consummated, it made for a very emotional evening for all involved parties.

Wilkins wowed the crowd like he had so many times before, erupting for 36 points and 10 rebounds as Los Angeles came away with a close-fought 97-94 victory. It was bittersweet for Hawks fans, who hated to see their team lose, but were happy to see Wilkins do so well.

Andrew Lang
teammate of Wilkins' in 1993-94, current Hawks team chaplain
"It was a strange night to be in a Hawks uniform. During that time, we were a very strong team. We expected to win every game at home. When I came to Atlanta as a free agent during the previous offseason, part of the reason was to play alongside such a talent like him. So facing him in an opposing uniform that night was a strange feeling.

True to form, when he stepped on the court, he was himself, playing with a great deal of pride, and he came out and scored 36 points. It was as if we had to give him his due because he was so dominant.

It was weird - you wanted him to play well, you wanted to see him come in and dominate, but at the same time, we still wanted to earn our paycheck (laughing).

It was great to see him stand tall though, because of how much he meant to the city of Atlanta, and how much he meant to his former teammates. I can't say I've ever been prouder for him than I was that night."