Al Horford put on quite a show during the Atlanta Hawks’ 114-103 win over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night and by the end of it, he reached a single-game plateau that few NBA players dream of, much less reach, as he posted 23 points and 22 rebounds. Although it was Horford’s night, he was quick to credit his teammates for the 20-20 performance.
“The key to the rebounds was our guards honestly,” Horford said, according to ESPN.com. “Our guards did a great job containing off the dribble, and that allowed me to stay attached with those big guys. In the past, I usually have to go help, then we have problems with offensive rebounding.”
The 22 boards tied a career high for Horford, but it was easily the best single-game of his career, as he became the first player since Tyson Chandler in 2008 to record 23 points, 22 rebounds and shoot at least 75 percent from the field. He even capped off his near perfect night with a three-pointer, which was his first of the season and only the fourth in his entire career.
Atlanta has now won five of its last six games, including the last three in a row. We’ll see if the Hawks – who are currently ranked fourth in the Eastern Conference standings – can keep this nice run going against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday.