In honor of the Hawks’ incredible 10-year playoff streak that came to an end this season, we will be counting down the top 10 most memorable moments – both good and bad – of the decade-long streak. We will begin the series with number 10 and count down the list each day.
#10: Joe Johnson’s 35 foot Jumper against Miami
2008-2009 season, Round 1, Game 7
Steph who? Joe Johnson was burying 3 pointers from near halfcourt before it was cool. In what was a tightly-contested Game 7 against the Miami Heat, the Hawks needed a momentum boost from the Atlanta crowd. Needless to say, Johnson provided just that when he nailed a 35-foot jumper over Dwyane Wade at the 8 minute mark of the second quarter.
The shot gave Atlanta an 11-point lead and helped set the tone for the rest of the game. Atlanta went on to win that game by a final score of 91-78, and by doing so advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals where they were…swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Still, Johnson’s ultra-deep shot played a huge role in the win over Miami and has rightfully earned its spot on this list.
Stay tuned for Number 9 coming tomorrow!