Dec. 28, 2011 Atlanta - Atlanta Hawks Al Horford points at Joe Johnson after taking a pass from Johnson for a easy basket against the Wizzards during 2nd half action at Philips Arena in Atlanta on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011. (Curtis Compton [email protected])

Hawks vs Raptors: Research Notes From Elias Sports Bureau

Al Horford lifted the Atlanta Hawks to victory over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday with a stellar all-around performance.

Horford had plenty of impactful moments throughout the game but the series of plays he made in the final two minutes of regulation was certainly the reason why Atlanta was able to squeak out a 93-92 victory against Toronto.

For a further perceptive into Horford’s superb performance, Elias Sports Bureau is here to explain…

Horford makes 16 straight

From Elias: Al Horford made his first two field goal attempts before missing his third shot tonight. That gave him 16 straight made field goals. The last player to make that many in a row was Kris Humphries in March 2011 (also 16).

Horford Wins It For The Hawks

From Elias: Credit Al Horford for the Hawks’ 93-92 triumph against the Raptors. Horford made what proved to be the game-winning field-goal on a dunk with 21 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and he preserved the lead by blocking two potential go-ahead field-goal attempts in the final 13 seconds of the game (rejecting shots by Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan). Horford was the first NBA player to block two shots during the final 15 seconds of a one-point victory for his team since Detroit’s Ben Wallace did in a 90-89 overtime win at Toronto exactly nine years earlier (January 30, 2004).

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