Hello! Welcome to Sports Throwback Thursday! There are many classic Atlanta sports moments, but in today’s edition, it’s about Dominique Wilkins career-high 57 points and the Braves winning the pennant in 1999.
Dominique scored a career-high 57 points against the New Jersey Nets. As the 1985-86 season wore down, Dominique Wilkins was in a heated three-way battle with Utah’s Adrian Dantley and Denver’s Alex English. Wilkins’ teammates were going to do whatever it took to help him win the scoring title. Wilkins tied a Hawks franchise record (shared by Bob Pettit and Lou Hudson) by scoring 57 points, putting him into the scoring lead at 30.2 points per game going into the season’s final game. Wilkins is the greatest Atlanta Hawk of all time and one of the all-time greatest dunkers. We all wish he had a championship on his resume.
The 1999 Atlanta Braves knew they had all the talent and chemistry to win it all. However, the Braves knew they had to go through their rival, New York Mets, to make it to the World Series. Braves and Mets faced off in the 1999 NLCS. After the Braves took the first three games of the series, they lost Games 4 and 5 at Shea Stadium. In Game 6, the Mets and Braves were going at it from an offensive standpoint. When the Braves had a 7-5 lead in the Top of the 7th inning, John Smoltz gave up a 2-run home run to Mike Piazza. Kenny Rogers took the mound for the Mets in the bottom of the 10th, with the game tied at 9-9. With bases loaded with one out, Rogers gave up a bases-loaded walk to Andruw Jones. Braves won the game and the series to move on to the World Series.