Here are three observations from the Atlanta Hawks' 102-91 win over the Utah Jazz Wednesday night:
1. Though Atlanta forged its way to the playoffs last season, the absence of Al Horford, who missed the majority of regular season with a pectoral injury, was blatantly obvious at times. The two-time All-Star is too good to forget about entirely.
In his rebound season following a grinding recovery process, it has taken a while for Horford to rediscover his former self. But based on his recent stretch of games, the multifaceted forward is back and better than ever.
Horford posted a career-high 34 points to go along with 15 rebounds, five blocks and three assists against the Jazz Wednesday night. Needless to say, it was a performance for the highlight reel and a perfect encore to his 20-20 outing in Detroit. Over his past seven games, Horford is averaging 25.4 points and 12.4 rebounds per game, eclipsing the 20-point mark each time.
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