NBA: Hawks lose sharpshooter Korver to broken nose

ATLANTA (AFP) - Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver, the NBA's most accurate three-point shooter, has a broken nose and will miss at least three games, the club announced on Monday night.

The 33-year-old American suffered the injury in the second quarter of Sunday's 91-86 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Korver was dropped at first from the Hawks' Monday game at Sacramento, then the team said he will miss the final two games of its six-game road swing, at National Basketball Association overall leader Golden State and Oklahoma City.

The sharpshooter is averaging 12.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists over 64 games this season and his accuracy rate is an NBA-best 50.1 per cent of his three-point attempts.

He led the league last season with a 47.2 per cent accuracy rate from beyond the arc.

Korver, an NBA All-Star this year for the first time, set a record with 127 consecutive games with a three-point basket. he also owns the single-season record for three-point shooting accuracy at 53.6 per cent with Utah in 2009-10.

At 52-14, the Hawks have the best record in the Eastern Conference and are hot on the heels of Golden State (52-13) for the best record in the NBA.