Korver rediscovers touch as Hawks win

Kyle Korver (right) of the Atlanta Hawks making a pass around Evan Turner of the Boston Celtics during the fourth quarter at TD Garden on Dec 18, 2015.
Kyle Korver (right) of the Atlanta Hawks making a pass around Evan Turner of the Boston Celtics during the fourth quarter at TD Garden on Dec 18, 2015. PHOTO: AFP/ GETTY IMAGES

ORLANDO • Kyle Korver picked the right time to regain his famed, long-distance shooting touch.

He hit four of his five three-pointers in the fourth quarter on Sunday - including the National Basketball Association- game winner - to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 103-100 victory over the Orlando Magic.

His shooting slump may be over. He scored 13 of his team-high 19 points in the decisive final period.

Korver came into the game with his lowest three-point shooting percentage (39.5) since 2009, but he responded by hitting six of eight. He had made only five of 20 combined in the previous four games.

"This hasn't been my best season, for a number of reasons, that's for sure," the guard said. "This is a game I can build on. It helps to have a night like this. You have to keep trying to find your rhythm."

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This is a game I can build on. It helps to have a night like this. You have to keep trying to find your rhythm.

KYLE KORVER, on overcoming his shooting slump

Korver hit his final shot with 43 seconds remaining to break the tie at 100.

Reserve Mike Scott had 15 points and centre Al Horford and guard Jeff Teague each scored 14 points for Atlanta.

"It's important for us to create spacing offensively," Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said. "If Kyle gets good looks, we just feel like the ball is going in."

The Magic (15-12) were led by centre Nikola Vucevic with 20 points, 11 rebounds and four assists.

Coach Scott Skiles blamed his defence and an inability to stop Korver in the final period for the loss.

"Overall, our defence was terrible, to the point of being almost laughable," he said.

New York Knicks star Derrick Williams was left ruing a different kind of loss over the weekend. The forward had some US$750,000 (S$1.05 million) worth of jewellery stolen from his luxury apartment, US media reports said on Sunday.

The New York Post reported that the theft occurred after Williams invited a group of revellers, including two women he had just met, back to his Manhattan apartment on Friday after an evening at a local nightclub.

According to law enforcement sources, the two women plundered jewellery from a suitcase in a closet before leaving the apartment. Williams discovered the theft later on Saturday and alerted the police.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 22, 2015, with the headline 'Korver rediscovers touch as Hawks win'. Print Edition | Subscribe