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Atlanta, Ga- The Boston Celtics (15-2) keeps the winning streak alive over the Atlanta Hawks (3-13) by defeating them 110-99
The score wasn’t indicative of how the game went.
The Hawks started out very aggressive shooting 67% from the field and three-point land in the first 10 minutes taking a 25-10 lead. Atlanta looked determined from the start causing turnovers and playing sound defense.
Led by Kent Bazemore 11 points and Taurean Prince eight points in the first quarter, Atlanta took a 35-20 lead into the second quarter.
Boston seemed out of rhythm and looked sluggish. “We can’t create those habits, we have to be better and have a better start our next game,” stated Al Horford.
In second quarter, the Celtics caught fire and hit four of their first five shots to cut the lead 37-32. Atlanta continued to give effort and build the lead back up to 50-41.
Hawks forward Luke Babbitt hit two three-pointers back-to-back and rookie forward John Collins played an important part in the mini-run on the defensive end causing deflections and offensive fouls.
They went into the half with a 50-44 lead. Dennis Schroder led the Hawks with 13 points and four assist and the Celtics was led by Kyrie Irving and Jaylen Brown with 11 points each.
Both teams traded baskets in the beginning of the third quarter. Boston got hot and went on a 7-2 run and took a three point lead.
The intensity picked up with both teams matching each other’s efforts. Atlanta wasted some possessions with bad play and players being stagnant.
The quarter ended with Boston leading 80-77.
John Collins excited the crowd after throwing down a monstrous slam dunk after grabbing a rebound over two Celtics players and then he caught an alley-hoop over center Aron Baynes that ended up as an and-one.
Irving’s 30 points and Brown’s 27 points proved to be too much for the Hawks to defend in the fourth quarter. The lead ballooned to 11 point lead and Boston never looked back.
“We’re just having fun, you know the innocence of the game with just guys being here who never experienced a streak like this.” Irving said. “Every single game, you take it as a challenge.”
The Hawks spirits were still up although they suffered another let down. “I still feel like we can make some big things happen this season,” stated Schroder. “We just have to stay together as a team.”
Schroder led the Hawks with 23 points and nine assist.