Hawks Set NBA Playoff Record for Most 3-Pointers Attempted in 1 Game

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Hawks Set NBA Playoff Record for Most 3-Pointers Attempted in 1 Game
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The Atlanta Hawks fell short of their goal in Saturday's Game 7 loss to the Indiana Pacers, but they still managed to set an NBA playoff record by attempting 44 three-point shots, per ESPN Stats & Info.

A large part of Atlanta's Saturday failure can be attributed to the fact that just 11 of those 44 treys hit their mark.

Sharpshooter Kyle Korver was the only thing that stood between the Hawks and one of the worst shooting performances in playoff history, as the 6'7" swingman made five of his 10 attempts from beyond the arc. The rest of the team converted at a miserable 17.6 percent clip, thanks in large part to power forward Paul Millsap (0-of-5), small forward DeMarre Carroll (0-of-5) and center Pero Antic (0-of-3).

Ironically, the Pacers' struggles in the series were largely blamed on the floor-stretching ability of Atlanta's frontcourt.

Antic never found much of a shooting groove, but he kept Pacers center Roy Hibbert away from his comfort zone near the rim. Millsap knocked down nine treys through the first six games of the series, while reserve power forward Mike Scott added seven.

Along with Korver, Scott was one of the few Hawks to have a decent shooting game Saturday, as he made three of his 10 three-point attempts. Backup point guard Shelvin Mack was also solid, hitting three of his eight shots from beyond the arc.

The Hawks became just the third team since the start of the 1985-86 season to attempt 40 treys in a playoff game, and both of the previous teams did so in overtime games.

The 2002-03 Dallas Mavericks hoisted up 42 three-point attempts in a double-overtime win over the Sacramento Kings in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals, while the 2006-07 Golden State Warriors weren't so lucky, attempting 40 threes in a single-overtime loss to the Utah Jazz.

Had Saturday's performance come during the regular season, the Hawks would be part of a five-way tie in seventh place for the most three-pointers attempted in a game.

The regular-season record was set March 5, 1996, when the Dallas Mavericks tried an incredible 49 treys making 18—in a 127-117 win over the New Jersey Nets.

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