Hawks Fall To Celtics 110-107, Boston Win Streak at 9 Games

Hawks on wrong end of Boston win streak, fall 110-107 to the Celtics…

On Monday, after snapping their eight game losing streak on Sunday with a 117-115 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Atlanta Hawks returned to Philips Arena for action against the Boston Celtics. The Eastern Conference leading Celtics, entered the night on an eight game win streak which included wins over the Spurs, Thunder, and the Bucks. The Hawks would open up on a 4-0 run but the Celtics would score nine unanswered points and take a 9-4 lead with 8:33 to go in the opening period. The Hawks would go on to close out the first quarter shooting 45 percent but would trail the Celtics 26-25. In the start of the second quarter, the Celtics would get out to an 31-27 lead but a 26 foot 3-pointer by Dennis Schroder and a Celtics turnover which led to a two point slam by Dewayne Dedmon, assist Schroder, the Hawks would take a 32-31 lead forcing the Celtics to call timeout with 9:42 to go in the second quarter. Despite the Celtics regaining the lead, the Hawks would once again take the lead to go up 38-36 with 7:52 remaining in the first half and would hold the lead until Boston’s Terry Rozier would knock down a 25-foot three point basket to give the Celtics a 54-52 lead with :08 to go. A shooting foul by Al Horford on Dennis Schroder would lead to Schroder making good on his two foul shots and the score would be 54-54 at the half. The Hawks would close the half shooting 65 percent in the second quarter as Schroder would score 11 points in the quarter and Dedmon would add eight points in the period. Atlanta would open up the third quarter hitting five three pointers and take a 71-64 lead by the midway point of the quarter but the Celtics would go on a 8-0 run to take a 72-71 lead with 4:15 to go in the period. Boston would go on to hold a 82-75 lead at the end of the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, the Celtics would go up by as many as eight but trailing 95-90, a 6-0 run by the Hawks, including back to back three point baskets by Malcolm Delaney and Kent Bazemore would allow Atlanta to take a 96-95 lead with 5:27 to go in the fourth. The lead would change several times as time would wind down in the quarter but it would be the Celtics pulling off the 110-107 victory for their ninth straight win behind Kyrie Irving’s 35 points. Dennis Schroder led all Hawks players with 23 points.

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