As Al Horford took to the court in Atlanta for the first time as a member of an opposing team, he was met with boos. Clearly, his decision to leave the Hawks for Boston did not sit well with some fans. In the end, the C’s were victorious, snapping the Hawks seven-game winning streak.
The first quarter was all Celtics, in particular the 3-point shooting. Kelly Olynyk was on fire going 3-for-3 on his first shots of the game and finished with 18 points for the first half. Isaiah Thomas’ first half shooting was somewhat cold but he did have six assists. The Celtics led by as many as 15 at one point.
The second quarter belonged to the Hawks, who outscored the Celtics 26-20. They closed the gap to tie things up at 42. The Celtics were still able to pull ahead enough to have a four-point lead going into the half.
The third quarter saw the C’s come roaring back to outscore the Hawks 30-21, leading by 13 at the end of the quarter.
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There was a point in the fourth quarter where the C’s led by 20 points. Fourth quarter collapses are nothing new for the celtics. It looked as if it would happen again. Tim Hardaway came alive in the fourth and scored the majority of his 23 points. Mike Dunleavy scored his first points as an Atlanta Hawk and nearly broke the C’s collective heart as the score was tied at 101 with just seconds left on the clock. But Isaiah Thomas once again proved why he is The King in the Fourth. The seconds ticked by as he smoothly walked up the court and hit the dagger 2-pointer with 2. 4 left in the game.
Both teams shot 43. 4% from the field going 36/83. The difference was the C’s slightly better 3 point shooting. That and Isaiah Thomas.
The C’s will return to TD Garden for three home games in a row, beginning Monday night against the Charlotte Hornets. The Hawks will face the Bucks on Sunday.