Everything You Need to Know - Hawks vs. Trail Blazers - November 16, 2009

Atlanta 99, Portland 95 (OT) | November 16, 2009 | Philips Arena
  • A strong fourth quarter helped the Atlanta Hawks to overtime, and Joe Johnson carried it home as the East's top team turned back the Portland Trail Blazers, 99-95, in a playoff-type thriller at Philips Arena.
  • Johnson poured in 35 points, 18 in the fourth and OT, helping the Hawks to their fifth straight victory and a 9-2 overall record.
  • Atlanta remains undefeated at home in five games.
  • The Hawks continued their dominance in their paint, outscoring the much-bigger Blazers, 56-36, and outrebounding them by ten (47-37). Atlanta grabbed 15 offensive boards.
  • Josh Smith had his second straight double-double (and third of the season) with 20 points and 16 rebounds, and Al Horford had his sixth with 15 and 10. Mike Bibby tossed in 10.
  • Horford also did a tremendous job on Portland's Greg Oden, holding him to only two points in the second half and OT. Oden finished with 11.
  • This mark time since the 1996-97 season that Atlanta has swept the series from Portland.
  • The Hawks entertain playoff-nemesis Miami Wednesday at Philips Arena (7 pm, 790 AM, SPSO HD).

Joe Johnson



Honorable Mentions
Josh Smith - 20 pts, 16 reb, 2 blk, 2 stl
Al Horford - 15 pts (7-10 FGM-A), 10 reb

- Win a game that comes down to the wire on a night when shots aren't falling... check. On a night when everything looked as if the Hawks were headed for a loss as the fourth quarter began, this year's team found a way to remain undefeated at home. The Hawks shot 30 percent from the field and committed six turnovers in the third quarter to dig themselves a nine point hole before gathering themselves for a fourth quarter push.

- Joe hit both of his shots from behind the arc in the fourth quarter after starting 1-of-5 from long range. Smoove was held scoreless in the second and third period before coming through with 10 big points in the fourth and OT.

- Joe's heroics were somewhat reminiscent of his highlights from the memorable Game 4 against the Celtics two years ago. He hit 3's, he hit mid-range jumpers, he got to the rim... double-teaming him just seemed to spring him into action.

- Atlanta led by three with four seconds left in regulation before Rudy Fernandez hit an off-balance 3-pointer.

- Greg Oden started the game with 7 points using zero dribbles in the first six minutes. Big Al seemed to make a decision at that point that the seven-footer wouldn't be able to catch the ball deep in the lane. The rest of the game Oden had as many turnovers as points (four) and had two shots blocked.

- From the Highlight Factory - Official Hawks Blog: Defense Sets the Stage for Comeback