RECAP: Celtics 94, Hawks 87

Raj Prashad —  November 24, 2013


BOS(5-10) 94 – 87 (8-6) ATL

Key Performers:

J. Teague (ATL): 13 pts, 4 reb, 10 ast, 3 stl
J. Crawford (BOS): 24 pts, 3 reb, 10 ast

Atlanta let one slip away when the Boston Celtics outscored the Hawks 30-13, including a 22-4 run, in the fourth quarter to continue the home team’s win-two, lose-one streak. After a fairly even first half, Atlanta stormed out to a 10-point lead to close the third frame. The Hawks saw their lead disappear as their starters sat for the first half of the fourth quarter, and by the time they saw the floor again, Boston’s unit had built enough steam to run away with the streak-snapping win.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Al Horford: On a night when Horford scored a team-high 18 points on 19 shots and grabbed just seven rebounds, he simply couldn’t do enough to close the game out in the fourth. Boston went with “big” lineups for most of the night, forcing Jared Sullinger or Brandon Bass to match up with Big Al. The continuous physical matchup in the paint seemed to wear down Atlanta’s center over the night and frustrated him with three of his attempts blocked at the rim (two from Sullinger and one from Vitor Faverani). 7/10

Jeff Teague: He forced Jordan Crawford into jump shots until the fourth quarter, but couldn’t get anything going on the offensive end, shooting 3-for-15 on the night. It was a struggle, but Teague tried to get his teammates going by dishing out 10 assists, but his inability to stop Crawford from driving the lane or get any offense going in crunchtime adds to his frustrating night.  7/10

Paul Millsap: The power forward was a stat-filler Saturday night, shooting 50 percent from the field for 12 points, snagging five boards, dishing two assists, two steals and two blocks. He also had a huge dunk on Jared Sullinger that will likely fight for dunk of the year and a chasedown block of Avery Bradley. Millsap also finished with three turnovers and four fouls with the worst +/- on the team (-18). It was one of the glass half full type of nights for the big man. 7/10

DeMarre Carroll: You have to love the new and improved camera man, DeMarre Carroll’s play and energy. He was all over the floor, harassing Jeff Green and diving for loose balls. He was a mess on offense though and couldn’t find any semblance of his shooting stroke. 6/10

Kyle Korver: 87 games and we’re still going strong with the streak. Catch-and-Korver is how he’ll be known to me from now on. He had a strong offensive night, scoring nine points, grabbing four boards, three assists and two steals. He couldn’t hold Avery Bradley, who ran through screens and did his best Korver impression from mid-range. 8/10

Shelvin Mack: For the second-straight game Mack really struggled at the helm of the Hawks offense. He did a decent job connecting on his shots, but didn’t get his teammates going and was a mess on defense. 5/10

Mike Scott: Quick trigger Mike Scott keeps on firing. His confidence appears sky-high and he should without a doubt be the first shooter off the bench. He went 4-of-6, including 2-of-3 from three-point range and had four boards with one steal. He was a team-best +11 when on the floor. 7/10

Pero Antic: The reserve big man shot just 1-of-8 from the field, including an airball finger-roll. He did match up well with Kris Humphries, but couldn’t contain Faverani and his stout shooting night. 4/10

Lou Williams: Lou returned almost 10 days ago and should see his minutes start to increase from here. With the ball in his hands, he’s a much more fluid player than Mack and is able to find his teammates with open looks. He scored six points, two rebounds and two assists in just 17 minutes with a +11 for the team. 5/10

Cartier Martin: Like Lou, Cartier played a strong game at both ends of the floor. He was +9 with five points while John Jenkins received the DNP for the evening. 5/10

Mike Budenholzer: It backfired on Coach Bud in this one. He sat his starters for an extended period of time, allowing the Celtics to use a run to get back into the game and eventually take the lead. 6/10

The opposition: Boston hit 45 percent of its shots, but turned the ball over 17 times. The Celtics simply played tight defense and used a 31-12 free throw advantage to storm back. Sullinger and Crawford had huge games as Boston used a gutsy second half to storm back for the win. 6.5/10


Next: Atlanta vs. Orlando, Tuesday, November 26th

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