Hawks 112, Nuggets 107, OT
ATLANTA (AP) _ Kevin Willis scored seven of his 25 points in overtime to trigger the Atlanta Hawks to a 112-107 victory over Denver on Friday night.
The Hawks, who won their third in a row, scored the first six points of the extra period. Willis threw in a hook shot over 7-foot-2 Dikembe Mutombo and Dominique Wilkins added four more points for a 105-99 lead.
Willis hit another hook for a 107-101 lead and added a 3-pointer from the corner for a 110-103 advantage with 1:20 left.
Wilkins led Atlanta with 33 points. It was the 11th game this year he’s scored more than 30 points. It was the fifth time in seven games Willis reached the 25-point mark. He also collected 22 rebounds.
Reggie Williams led Denver with 27 points and Chris Jackson added 20.
Atlanta’s Travis Mays, who had only one point in his last three games, scored 19 off the bench and had 11 assists, two short of his career high.
The Hawks overcame an eight-point deficit in the final nine minutes. Denver led 99-95 on Jackson’s jumper with 1:24 left.
Wilkins muscled inside to score with 53 seconds left. After Denver missed, Mookie Blalock hit two free throws with 19 seconds remaining to tie it at 99.
Atlanta improved to 10-8 and 2-0 in overtime games, while the Nuggets dropped to 7-10 and 0-2. The victory was Atlanta’s sixth in a row at home. Denver is 1-8 on the road and has lost four of its last six games overall.
Wilkins’ consecutive free throw streak ended at 30 when he missed his first attempt of the game. Wilkins set an NBA record by going 23 for 23 on Tuesday against Chicago, but made only five of 12 against Denver.
The Nuggets were unanimous in saying they gave the game away.
″When you’re up four with 1:24 left, you should bring the game home,″ Williams said. ″In the fourth quarter, we had guys standing around trying to go 1-on-1. That’s not what we want in the offense. We want movement.″
Jackson said the Nuggets did everything needed to win until crunch time.
″The last four minutes we didn’t do what we had been doing the whole game. We stopped moving on the offensive end,″ he said. ″We just stood still and slacked up the last few minutes. We can’t do that.″
″We did a good job moving the ball in the passing game, but in the last four minutes we stood around and didn’t move,″ Nuggets coach Dan Issel said.
Hawks coach Bob Weiss called the game ″a coming out party for Travis,″ who missed all but two games last season because of an injury.
″He had one big night against Cleveland, but getting him in a game that’s already over is a lot different that getting him in a game that’s meaningful,″ Weiss said. ″I don’t think we would have won without him. He hit some big shots.
″It’s nice to have somebody like Travis who can come off the bench and fill in like he did,″ Weiss said.