Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Hawks @ Celtics Recap

The Atlanta Hawks managed a 92-91 win over the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on Tuesday afternoon. 

The Hawks were led by Paul Milsap who had 34 points, along with 15 rebounds. Kyle Korver had 14 points while extending his streak to 101 with a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter.

Rookie Kelly Olynyk led all Celtics scorers with 21 points. Behind him in the box score was Kris Humphries who had 18 points along with 10 rebounds. The Celtics led by 18 at one point in the second quarter, but Atlanta responded back by scoring the last 15 points of the quarter. Boston was down 90-89 in the fourth quarter with under 2 minutes left. Jordan Crawford then made a 19 ft jumper with 1:36 remaining to put the C's up 91-90. It was the last field goal of the game. 6 seconds later, Jeff Teague drew a foul and took and made both free throws, to give the Hawks the win. 

This loss drops Boston to the 8th seed, and is now in danger of falling out of the playoff race. They will travel to Chicago next. The Bulls are right behind them in the standings, so the C's must win on Thursday or they will fall to the 9th seed. The 18-14 Hawks will host the Warriors next. The Celtics and Hawks will meet again at TD Garden in Boston on February 26.