The Atlanta Hawks took a 3-2 series lead Wednesday night over the Washington Wizards in a dramatic 82-81 victory, thanks largely to the heroics of one Al Horford.

The big guy scored 23 points, grabbed 11 boards and blocked five shots. And he tossed in the game-winning hoop for good measure.

Game 6 is set for Friday night back in DC.

Per the AJC:

The Hawks are one win from their first trip to the Eastern Conference finals. […] “Al Horford made a play at the end of the game,” coach Mike Budenholzer said. “It was a winning play. We talk about those. He went and got it and found a way to put it back in.”

 

Dennis Schroder had a layup blocked by John Wall on the final possession. However, Horford grabbed the rebound from Nene and scored the game-winner. […] Horford finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds for the Hawks. Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague, who was not on the floor for the final minutes, added 14 each.

 

(Dennis) Schroder was on the floor for the game-winning possession with Teague on the sideline — by choice. […] “They were playing well,” Teague said. “I’m all about the win. I’m not about no individual pride. It was about the win. They were playing well. … The whole group out there was in a groove. When you’ve got something clicking like that, playing well, we were down by nine, you don’t mess that up.”