ATLANTA -- Kyle Korver was just ready to get out of the house and return to what he does best--shoot 3-pointers.
Missing four games with a rib injury caused Korver to delay his quest of tying the NBA record for consecutive games with a 3."I'm glad it's done," he said. "It was a long period of time. I think the happiest person was probably my wife. I was just not fun to be around the last five days at the house."
Korver scored a season-high 23 points and tied the NBA record for consecutive games with a 3-pointer in the Atlanta Hawks' 107-97 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night.B
Korver began his streak last season in Atlanta's second game - a win at Oklahoma City. On Wednesday, he made his first attempt in the first minute and finished 6-for-9 beyond the arc.
"The first play of the game, Korver got a 3, and that was indicative of our defense all night," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "We had chances to get back in the game." With 5:06 remaining, Korver drew a foul from Paul as he hit a 3 from the right corner and finished the four-point play to make it 96-83. A little over a minute later, Horford fed Korver on the left wing for a 3 that gave the Hawks a 99-88 lead.
"We're all just happy to see Kyle healthy," Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer said. "He's a heck of a shooter and he showed that tonight." For Korver, Atlanta's next game - Friday at home against Cleveland - will decide if he passes Barros and takes the top spot in the NBA record book.
"It really is a team streak," Korver said. "I'm not out there creating those shots. I don't want to make a speech, but there are a lot of people to thank." The Hawks have won four straight at home against the Clippers and six of the previous eight overall.