Everything You Need to Know - Hawks vs. Suns - January 15, 2010


Atlanta 102, Phoenix 101 | January 15, 2010 | Philips Arena
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  • Jamal Crawford's 3-pointer at the buzzer lifted Atlanta to a thrilling 102-101 win over Phoenix at Philips Arena on Friday.
  • Crawford set up his own heroics with an offensive rebound and put back bucket to cut the lead to 1 with 3.5 seconds left...Amar'e Stoudemire split 2 FTs to make the score 101-99 with 3 seconds to go....Mike Bibby inbounded to Crawford who drained a 28-footer for the win.
  • Al Horford paced the Hawks with 24 points and 9 rebounds...Crawford finished with 21 off the bench...Josh Smith had his second straight double-double with 20 points and 15 boards...Joe Johnson tallied 19 points and Bibby handed out 11 assists.
  • The Suns led by as many as 12 points in the first half but an 18-6 2nd quarter Hawks run evened things up...Phoenix outscored Atlanta 10-5 in the last 3 minutes for 55-50 halftime lead.
  • Johnson was Atlanta's top scorer at the break with 13 points... Horford had 11 and Crawford 10...Grant Hill led all scorers with 15.
  • The Hawks opened the 3rd stanza with 20-8 run to regain the lead and ended the quarter with a 78-75 advantage.
  • Stoudemire led the Suns on the night with 28 points and 14 rebounds...Hill finished with 21...Steve Nash added 12 points and 11 assists.
  • The Hawks are back in action on Monday at Philips Arena (2 pm) vs. Oklahoma City (SPSO HD, NBA TV and 790 The Zone).

Josh Smith

MIN
FGM-A
3PM-A
FTM-A
37:58
7-15
0-0
6-9

AST
REB
BLK
PTS
2
15
4
20

Honorable Mentions:
Al Horford - 24 pts, 9 reb, 10-13 FGM-A

- The few fans that left the Highlight Factory a few minutes early are going to think twice next time. Trailing by as many as seven in the fourth quarter and by four with just six seconds remaining, the Hawks continued to battle, eventually bouncing off the court in celebration of Crawford's game-winning 3-pointer.

- The game will definitely be remembered for Jamal's remarkable shot, but Al Horford and J-Smoove stepped up their game to put the Hawks in position for the late drama. Horford missed just three shots from the field, repeatedly muscling it past bigger defenders inside and looking automatic from 15-feet. Smoove might have played his best half of the year down the stretch, finishing with 14 points, 8 boards and 2 blocks over the final 24 minutes.

- The Hawks may not have needed the late heroics if they had shot better in the first quarter. Josh and Joe combined to miss all nine of their shots as the team shot just 24% from the field.

- Smoove's four blocked shots give him 982 for his career. He is third all-time for the Hawks and should easily become the youngest player in NBA history to reach the 1000 block plateau.

- Mike Bibby finished with a season-high 11 assists.