Celtics Win In A 4-2 Series After Beating Hawks

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Celtics Win In A 4-2 Series After Beating Hawks

On Thursday night, the Boston Celtics defeated the Atlanta Hawks 128-120 to take a 4-2 lead in the opening-round playoff series. Al Horford knocked down a key 3-pointer against his old club, the Atlanta Hawks, and the Celtics broke open a close game in the final minutes to pull away from the Hawks.

The second-seeded Boston Celtics will play the third-seeded Philadelphia 76ers, who have been taking it easy after completing a four-game sweep of the Brooklyn Nets the previous Saturday.

The first game will be played on Monday night in Boston.

Horford’s massive shot was one of three 3-pointers that came during an 11-0 run that the Boston Celtics put together. The other two 3-pointers came from Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, respectively.

The run was finished by a slam from Tatum, which gave the Celtics a 121-113 lead with 2:07 left to play in the game.

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Horford, who played for the Atlanta Hawks from 2007 until 2016, contributed 10 points and 12 rebounds to the team’s victory.

After single-handedly leading the Hawks to an unlikely win in Game 5 in Boston, Trae Young of Atlanta could not maintain his intensity for the second half. In the fourth and fifth quarters, he had a shooting percentage of 0%, missing 12 of 13 shots.

Despite shooting poorly (9 of 28 from the field), Young ended with 30 points and ten assists.

Marcus Smart was another key contributor for the Celtics, as he scored 22 points and did an outstanding job directing the Boston attack in the game’s final minutes.

After serving a one-game suspension for bumping an official after the Hawks’ defeat in Game 4, Dejounte Murray was reinstated to the Hawks’ active roster and immediately returned to the game.

Murray could not score on any of his five attempts in the first half due to an apparent lack of rhythm. Even though he improved in the second half, he could only score 14 points.

To keep their season going, the Hawks needed a couple more wins.

With a deep 3-pointer that startled the Celtics 119-117 in Boston, Young pushed the series back to Atlanta, bringing the Hawks’ incredible comeback from a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter to a successful conclusion and sending the series back to Atlanta.

After a game in which he scored 38 points and dished out 13 assists, Young continued his strong play by scoring 18 points in the first quarter.

However, the Celtics ultimately stopped the Hawks star, whose exploits had postponed Janet Jackson’s performance set on Thursday to Friday to make way for Game 6.

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The Celtics concluded the game shooting 18 of 42 from beyond the arc. Every player who started for Boston made at least one shot from long range, and three players who came off the bench did the same. Malcolm Brogdon scored 17 points. With 14 rebounds, Tatum was the team leader for the Celtics.

All five starters for Atlanta scored in double digits against the Hawks. Clint Capela scored 10, De’Andre Hunter tallied 20, and John Collins contributed 16 points to the team’s total. Onyeka Okongwu collected 11 rebounds.