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Horford shines for Hawks in thrilling Game 5

Al Horford was the star for the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night, coupling his 23-point, 11-rebound, five-block effort with his first playoff game winner to give the Hawks a 3-2 series lead over the Washington Wizards. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Horford is the first player in Hawks postseason history to have at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks in a game.

Lead changes in clutch time

The Hawks hit two go-ahead shots in the final 15 seconds of the game, one by Dennis Schroder and one by Horford. They had one such clutch-time make all season entering the game, including both the regular season and the playoffs. In between their two go-ahead shots, the Wizards’ Paul Pierce hit one of his own to give the Wizards the lead.

Horford and Pierce rank first and second, respectively,

in clutch-time field goal percentage over the last five postseasons among players with at least 20 attempts. Clutch time is defined as the last five minutes of the game when the score is within five points.

Horford grabbed an offensive rebound prior to making the game winner, which was his sixth offensive rebound of the game. He has had six offensive rebounds three times this season, all against the Wizards.

Before Horford hit the game winner, he had never attempted a potential game-tying or go-ahead shot in the final 10 seconds of a playoff game.

Wall returns for Wizards

John Wall returned to the Wizards lineup after missing three games with a hand injury. They were 5-0 with Wall in the lineup this postseason before losing this game.

Wall was able to get inside and create offense in the first half. Wall went 4-of-4 in the paint before halftime, and the Wizards shot 4-of-5 in the paint off Wall passes. In the second half, Wall went 1-of-2 in the paint, and the Wizards shot 2-of-5 in the paint off Wall passes.

The Wizards led by nine with 5:31 remaining in the game. Entering Wednesday, teams were 143-12 over the last 15 postseasons when leading by exactly nine with between five and six minutes left in the fourth quarter.

Looking ahead

Teams that win Game 5 when a series is tied 2-2 go on to win the series 82 percent of the time. The Hawks are one win away from their first conference/division finals since 1970.