Kyle Korver’s protective facemask is no longer an issue for the dead-eye shooter: Korver erupted for 11 points in just over a minute Monday night, in the Atlanta Hawks’ 101-88 blowout of the visiting Milwaukee Bucks.
Korver’s third quarter explosion represented his only baskets of the game.
DeMarre Carroll had a game-high 23 points to lead Atlanta’s typically well-balanced attack.
Per the AJC:
Kyle Korver finally fell in love with his mask, which is saying something because he has hated that thing, but the best part of his shift Monday night against the Milwaukee Bucks did not come upon the occasions where he said, “it saved me [and his broken nose].” No, the best part of his work came when he pretended like “it” wasn’t there.
Korver missed his first five shots in the game, and then – with Milwaukee having whittled Atlanta’s lead to five points – he hit a 30-footer with 5:49 left in the period, a 21-footer at the 5:27 mark, and two more long balls at 5:05 and 4:44.
Those 11 points in a row staked the Hawks to a 67-51 lead in a game they eventually won 101-88.[…] “I just needed one to go in, and one finally did and I was like, ‘Let’s go!’” he said. “I have been so frustrated shooting with this mask on my face.”