Great blow of the Atlanta Hawks in Boston. Despite being out of the playoff spots, and having lost seven of the last eight games, Trae Young and company managed to prevail in the TD Garden by 122 to 114. The Hawks are handicapped by key injuries such as those of Bogdan Bogdanovic and De’Andre Hunter. But that was no excuse for Georgia to leave the Celtics practically without options in the final minutes.
The first half was a close battle that tipped in the Hawks’ favor. Trae Young and John Collins once again showed that efficient connection that excites all Atlanta fans. While they knew how to keep the duo of young stars from Boston, composed of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum at bay. However, the hierarchy of the Celtics players led his team to lead the game by 35 to 33 after the first period.
In the second quarter, Cam Reddish was vital with his solid touchdown in the paint. I accompany a perfect Clint Capela who finished with 6 of 6 field goals in the first half and 12 points. This efficiency led the Hawks to prevail on the scoreboard 62-56 when it came to going to the locker room at halftime.
In the third quarter things did not improve for Boston. The Hawks managed to increase their advantage even more; with Capela being able to hit a double-double in the third period. While in the fourth quarter, led by Tatum, Boston seemed to show a comeback attempt that ultimately came to nothing.
Trae Young was the figure of the night with 40 points, 8 assists, and a fairly acceptable 14 of 20 shooting from the field. The point guard even broke a franchise record tonight, becoming the fastest player to reach 4,000 points in Hawks history.
Clint Capela was Young’s top squire. The Swiss center scored 24 points and lowered 13 rebounds to finish the game with 10 of 13 shooting from the field. While John Collins accompanied adding 20 points and 6 rebounds.
On the Celtics’ side, their biggest problem was on defense. Tatum was dispatched with 35 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists, which were insufficient to catch up with the Hawks in the fourth quarter. While Jaylen Brown scored 22 points and distributed 7 assists, but was quite inaccurate in the shot, closing the night with 6 of 20.
In this way, the Hawks (12-16) broke a streak of four consecutive losses, and will meet again with the Celtics this Friday, also at the TD Garden. Those led by Brad Stevens now stand with a 14-14 record, and they’ll have to work hard in these 48 hours if they don’t want to suffer the same fate tonight.
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