ATLANTA (AP) - Josh Smith had to wait almost an entire game for his 900th career blocked shot.He made sure to cash in on the milestone play.
Smith scored 20 points and became the youngest player to block 900 shots, leading the Atlanta Hawks past Gilbert Arenas and the Washington Wizards, 100-89 on Friday night.
The 23-year-old Smith rejected a shot by Arenas with 4:26 remaining in the game to pass Shaquille O'Neal as the youngest with 900 blocks. O'Neal was 24 years old when he got there.
The block set up a fast break, capped by Smith's left-handed dunk.
"It was special just to block the shot and then be able to finish the play with a perfect assist from Mike Bibby," Smith said.
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