Atlanta comfortably led the majority of Thursday night’s tilt with the Celtics by double-digits. The Hawks took full control of the game with less than two minutes remaining in the first half.
The Hawks finished the first half on a 10-2 run that began with Paul Millasp’s step-back jumper with 1:54 left on the clock. The spurt doubled Atlanta’s lead from eight points to 16 at halftime, at 71-55, and they never looked back from there.
Boston’s defense did not provide much resistance to the Hawks all night long, and this stretch was no exception. Atlanta shot 3-for-6 from the field and got to the line for four free throw attempts during the final 1:54 of the half.
Meanwhile, at the other end of the court, the Celtics could find no rhythm. They missed all three of their field goal attempts and committed a turnover during the final two minutes. Their only two points came from the free-throw line via Isaiah Thomas.
The Hawks owned a 16-point advantage at the break and pushed that lead to 20 points during the third quarter. Boston sliced that lead down to five points during the final minute, but it was too little, too late. Atlanta did not get rattled and held on for a 124-116 victory.