The Boston Celtics are not going through their best moment, and on this Wednesday night they suffered one of the hardest blows so far this season. The Atlanta Hawks beat them by a final score of 127-112, which does not reflect at all the difference between the two teams on the court, and which could easily have been considerably greater.
Already in the first quarter, the game seemed to tip over to the Hawks’ side. Despite even first minutes, Trae Young and Danilo Gallinari went on a roll for Atlanta and became unstoppable. With a 10-0 run in the last two minutes, Georgia’s team closed the first period with a 40-27 lead.
In the second quarter the dynamics did not change. While the Celtics wanted to show minimal response with Tristan Thompson fighting in the paint for second chances, Atlanta had Young and Gallinari still on sharp wrists. Between the two they added 49 points in the first half of the game, the same as the entire Boston team. So they went to the locker room at halftime with a 72-49 lead.
The Celtics came out a bit more decisive in the second half and finished the third period dominating 29-27. But the wide advantage achieved by the Hawks in the first 24 minutes brought them into the fourth quarter with a comfortable difference in favor in the first half. Score from 99 to 78.
In the last quarter the Celtics won by six points, but everything was already sentenced. Those led by Brad Stevens had already raised the white flag, and the party already had many young people on the court such as Skylar Mays, Aaron Nesmith or Tacko Fall.
Danilo Gallinari was the top scorer of the match. The Italian closed a fantastic night with 38 points from the bench, with a spectacular 10 of 12 in triples; accompanied by 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. While Trae Young also had a great performance, finishing with 33 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists.
John Collins and Tony Snell, meanwhile, were the only remaining Atlanta players to break the ten-point barrier. Collins contributed 14 points and 11 rebounds; and Snell did the same with 12 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.
On the Celtics’ side, the top scorer was Jaylen Brown with 17 points, and he also led the team in assists with 5, accompanied by 4 rebounds. Jeff Teague closed the night with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. While Tristan Thompson achieved a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds.
It is worth mentioning the irregular night of Jayson Tatum, who finished with 13 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist. But standing out (for bad) in the shot. The forward shot 4-of-20 from the field (20 percent effective), and 1-of-8 from 3-pointers (12.5 percent).
Atlanta capitalized on his effectiveness. He closed the night with 52.9 percent from the field and 54.8 percent on three-point shots. Strongly contrasted with the Celtics’ 44.2 percent on the field and their 25.8 percent on 3s. In addition, Georgia took advantage under the boards, as they finished with 9 more rebounds than their rival (45 against 36).
In this way the Hawks are ranked only in the Eastern Conference with a record of 14-18, still out of the positions that fight for a place in the postseason. While the Celtics continue to aggravate their bad present, and with a record of 15-17 they fall to ninth position, which for now would have them contesting the play-in.
The Hawks’ next game will be Friday when they visit the Oklahoma City Thunder; and the Celtics will host the Indiana Pacers that same day.
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