Recap of the Hawks vs. Celtics game on 1-5-13
The Atlanta Hawks lost to the Boston Celtics 89-81 at home at Philips Arena. This was the second game of a back-to-back set for the Hawks. With the loss, the Hawks dropped to 20-12 on the season, 0-1 in the regular season series with the Celtics, and 0-2 in their back-to-back set. The starters for the Hawks were Jeff Teague and Louis Williams in the backcourt, Kyle Korver and Josh Smith at the two forward positions, and Al Horford at center. Devin Harris (sore left foot) and Anthony Morrow (right hip strain) did not dress. Johan Petro and Mike Scott received DNP-CDs. The leading scorer for the Hawks was Louis Williams, with a season-high, game-high 28 points. Jeff Teague added 17 points. Josh Smith contributed a double-double, with 12 points, 10 boards, and five assists. The leading scorer for the Celtics was Paul Pierce, with 26 points. In the first quarter, Louis Williams scored 16 points, and the Hawks outscored the Celtics 31-18 in the period. In the second quarter, the Hawks took their biggest lead of the game at 19, and they lead the Celtics by 15, 53-38, at the break. In the third quarter, Paul Pierce scored 17 points and sparked a 14-1 Celtics' run. The Celtics took the lead for the first time, 61-60 with 3:47 left in the quarter, since leading 2-0 at the beginning of the game. In the fourth quarter, the Hawks outscored the Celtics 19-18, but it wasn't enough for the Hawks. Kyle Korver fouled out with 6:37 to play in regulation, and with Morrow out, that ended any last hope for a clutch three-point barrage from the Hawks, and they lost by eight. I think there were a couple of reasons the Hawks lost. First off, they allowed the worst rebounding team in the league to outrebound them by eight. This could be in part because of Ivan Johnson not entering the game until the fourth quarter or because Josh Smith's hip was still bothering him, but that is still embarrassing for the Hawks. Secondly, DeShawn Stevenson only logged 12:52. He didn't play against the Detroit Pistons on the first night of the back-to-back, so I thought he should've been ready to go. They needed him on Pierce, and Coach Larry Drew didn't insert him until Pierce had already scored 11 points of his 17-point third quarter. Tough loss for the Hawks in a rematch of both their 2008 and 2012 first round playoffs series.