RECAP: Hawks 92, Celtics 91

Raj Prashad —  December 31, 2013

FINAL

BOS(13-18) 91 – 92 (18-14) ATL

Key Performers:
P. Millsap (ATL): 34 pts, 15 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl, 2 blk
K. Olynyk (BOS): 21 pts, 4 reb, 5 ast, 2 blk
[FULL BOX SCORE]

For much of the afternoon, the Hawks, as a team, couldn’t get anything in the basket. After falling back by 18 points in the second quarter, Atlanta bounced back and used a 30-6 run to fight through the third quarter. Using great defense on a buzzer-beating Jordan Crawford attempt and a strong individual effort from Paul Millsap, the Hawks fought back for a strong win on the road.

Reaction Grades: [assessed 0-10]

Paul Millsap: Atlanta can’t count on this every night from Millsap, but the forward was fantastic yet again as Al Horford’s replacement. He scored a season-high 34 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the win. This was just the second 30-point/15-board game of Millsap’s career, but he definitely made it count. 10/10

Jeff Teague: The point guard woke up in the second half, scoring 12 points and grabbing six rebounds in the final two quarters alone. He also played fantastic defense on Jordan Crawford, stifling Boston’s point guard for much of the afternoon. 8/10

Elton Brand: Brand looked tired again, unable to keep up with Boston’s bigs in the paint. He had just four points and one rebound in 12 minutes. 4/10

Mike Scott: Coach Bud continues to shuffle Atlanta’s lineups in Horford’s absence, this time pushing Scott in as a starter. The forward responded with a tough shooting night, notching eight points on 12 shots and seven rebounds. It will be interesting to see how much time he will get at the 3-position, something Coach Bud initially didn’t want him to do, going forward. 5/10

Kyle Korver: It took until the fourth quarter, but Korver finally knocked down a three to extend his streak to 101 games with a make from distance. The sharpshooter turned that into a four-point play, drawing a foul and igniting Atlanta’s offense to the win. He never forced the ball, instead making the right passes and looking for better shots for his teammates despite the streak hanging over his head. 7/10

Shelvin Mack: Mack moved the ball well for Atlanta, despite a rough night from the field. He dished out five assists and grabbed five rebounds, but his statement play was his defense on Jordan Crawford on the final play. He did however shoot 1-of-9 from the field. 6/10

Pero Antic: Antic was solid in 22 minutes of action, playing tough interior defense and notching five rebounds with three points. 5/10

Dennis Schröder: Schröder played just six minutes and had two turnovers and one steal. INC/10

Cartier Martin: Martin was the spark for the Hawks in the second quarter, flying around the floor and getting Atlanta back into the game as an energy guy. He was a bench-high +15. 7/10

Lou Williams: Ugly afternoon from Williams, who missed all eight shots he took and had just one assist. Considering the Hawks generally want him to be the spark off of the bench, him being an absolute non-factor almost killed the team. 1/10

Gustavo Ayon: Ayon missed all four shots he took, but he grabbed seven offensive rebounds, generally passing out despite being under the rim. 5/10

Coach Budenholzer: In a game where the Hawks could have just rolled over, Coach Bud got his team fired up in the second quarter and pushed them back on a 30-6 run. His team’s defense on the final play of the game was flawless. 7.5/10

The opposition: Boston has now seen four consecutive contests where they build a double-digit lead and see it fall apart. The only bright spot might be Kelly Olynyk’s individual effort of 21 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter for the Celtics. 7/10

 

Next: Atlanta vs Golden State, Friday, January 3 (7:30PM start)

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