Huerter’s Hot Streak Continues with Historic Game-Winning Shot
The last time the Atlanta Hawks left San Antonio with a win was February of 1997. It was a 21-game losing streak in the Spurs' building and for some added context, that was before any of the Hawks' five starters were even born - a group that includes 21-year old Kevin Huerter.
The man they affectionately call Red Velvet was coming off perhaps his best game in his brief NBA career. The Shenendehowa grad scored 23 points with career-highs rebounds (15) and assists (8) in Atlanta's win Tuesday night over the Suns. And yet, a single shot on Friday night against the Spurs might be more memorable for the second-year pro.
The Hawks put together a fourth quarter comeback and it all set up for a potential game-winning shot to end the drought in San Antonio. Inside 10 seconds to play and trailing 120-118, DeAndre Hunter drew defenders and kicked the ball out to Huerter who was standing alone on the wing for an open three. Huerter calmly knocked down the go-ahead shot and the Hawks finished off the 121-120 win and with it, the Hawks vanquished that more-than-lifelong losing streak for its young stars.