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One In A Row: Celtics beat Hawks 94-87

It feels good to get a win every once in a while, especially against a superior team. Saturday night, the Celtics snapped a six-game skid against a talented Hawks squad which is almost certainly playoff bound.

The timing is a little strange. After falling to several tough teams in a row (including two consecutive championship contenders in Indiana and San Antonio) and getting blown out by Minnesota and Houston, Boston pulled out a win on the road in its fourth in game in five nights.

But after six consecutive losses, it’s hard to quibble with logic. Boston ground out a win, and it took the entire team (and a crazy impressive fourth quarter) to do so.

Let’s get to some grades.

Boston Celtics 94 Final

Recap | Box Score

87 Atlanta Hawks
Brandon Bass, PF 33 MIN | 5-11 FG | 7-7 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 17 PTS | +8
Bass had a B-level performance, but he gets a bump for his clutch free throw shooting as the seconds ticked away and for a pair of excellent dunks.
Jared Sullinger, PF 33 MIN | 6-12 FG | 2-4 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | +13
More minutes for Sullinger continues to lead to more production. He hit a 3-pointer and some mid-range jumpers, but his best attribute continues to be his touch around the basket, and he scored both with his back to the basket and on offensive rebounds. He also got absolutely demolished by Paul Millsap on a dunk of the year candidate, but since the poster was a result of a good defensive rotation, we’ll pretend that didn’t happen.
Avery Bradley, PG 34 MIN | 6-13 FG | 0-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | +6
Bradley continues to connect fairly well from mid-range, rebounding from a poor shooting performance against Indiana.
Jeff Green, SG 35 MIN | 4-10 FG | 7-8 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 16 PTS | +4
Green wasn’t efficient from the field, but his free throws lead to an efficient game: 16 points on 10 field goal attempts. Aggressive Jeff Green gets to the free throw line, which is a good Jeff Green.
Jordan Crawford, SG 35 MIN | 3-9 FG | 6-8 FT | 3 REB | 10 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 12 PTS | +24
Classic Steez: Inefficient shooting for much of the game, but a pair of baskets late which helped ice things. Four turnovers, but 10 assists. As always with Crawford, catch onto the wave and hope you don’t get drenched. Tonight, the Celtics stayed dry.
Kris Humphries, PF 17 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -17
Lots of rebounds, some decent defense, not much else. Still, Hump continues to be part of a logjam of people deserving minutes at power forward.
Vitor Faverani, C 14 MIN | 4-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | +10
Faverani certainly contributed in the minutes he saw — 11 points and five rebounds in 14 minutes adds up to 37 points and 17 rebounds per 36 minutes which…does not suck.
Courtney Lee, SG 17 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +8
Continuing to knock down mid-range jumpers while simultaneously disappearing for much of his time on the court.

Two Things We Saw

  1. Boston locked Atlanta down late, winning the fourth quarter 30-13. The Hawks seemed to get tight, and Boston was able to take advantage of just six Hawks points in the final 6:30. Atlanta finished shooting 38 percent from the field, as Boston’s defense helped make up for committing 17 turnovers to Atlanta’s 8.
  2. With the win, the Celtics (5-10) move to one game out of playoff contention (and two games out of fourth place) in the Eastern Conference, which is obviously loaded like a shotgun.

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  • jpm

    Saw the game @ Atlanta tonight and I'd take the minus off Sullinger, he's still sick, but he really brought it tonight so A for extra effort. This was Jordans win tonight as he made some very clutch baskets driving the lane late in the 4th quarter. Down by 12, I figured the Celtics would cave in and lose, so it was nice to see the other team go cold for a change.

  • hax

    Vitor deserves an A+ Especially when sullinger had 4 more points in 20 more minutes.

    Also, yay for Crawfish with the double-double.

    • janos

      hi hat is janos
      very good one vitor i am like see him play good

  • C's Fan in Sac

    so Sullinger shoots 3's now eh?

    • GowGow

      Sullinger shot 3s back in Ohio. Doc Rivers just didn't want anyone beside Pierce and Terry taking 3s.

      Even Garnett can shoot 3s, statistically speaking.

      • janos

        hi gow
        how garnet doing new team, are you follows him still?

  • It was a pretty good game, hope the team will also win the next games.

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