ATLANTA — A thirty day period into the time, disappointment is creating in Boston. The hot-taking pictures Atlanta Hawks additional to the Celtics’ discontent.
Atlanta ahead Paul Millsap led 7 Hawks in double figures with twenty five details, and point guard Jeff Teague added 16 details and 9 helps in a 121-ninety seven acquire over the Celtics on Tuesday.
Atlanta (ten-6) scored on the inside and exterior, with an efficient attack that aided the Hawks get over one more huge night from crimson-hot Boston guard Avery Bradley. Bradley scored twenty five points to lead the Celtics, and he is averaging 22.4 factors in his previous five online games. But he was not heading to preserve up with Atlanta, who shredded Boston’s protection to shoot fifty six.3 per cent from the ground at Philips Arena.
“This was an important recreation for us,” Teague said. “It was a big-time recreation. We performed properly. We experienced to answer. When we went to Boston, they kicked our butt.”
The Hawks took an eighty one-73 lead into the fourth quarter. Forward Mike Scott converted a a few-point enjoy off of good move from stage guard Dennis Schroder to place the Hawks up 11 with nine minutes to enjoy.
Guard Kyle Korver drained a pair three-pointers in the fourth quarter as the Atlanta lead ballooned to 112-88 with three minutes still left. Korver, forward Thabo Sefolosha and Scott each finished with 15 details.
“I know this, when your defense is a sieve, you are not a staff,” Boston mentor Brad Stevens said, incorporating that if fines were not concerned, he would have remaining the bench and donned his relaxed submit-recreation apparel considerably previously.
The Celtics (7-seven) began the 7 days with the NBA’s leading-ranked defense, but they did not search like it early in opposition to the energetic Hawks, who pushed the rate from the opening idea. Atlanta scored a time-large 33 points in the very first quarter and shot a scorching fifty seven.nine p.c from the subject in the first half. They led by as a lot of as thirteen, but the Celtics manufactured a shift each and every time the Hawks tried out to pull absent, primarily many thanks to Bradley.
Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer stated it was the ideal opening quarter of the year for the Hawks.
Bradley strike 8 of 12 shots in the very first fifty percent, which includes three three-ideas, to preserve the Celtics considerably near. Atlanta led fifty seven-forty eight at halftime, behind 15 1st-50 % details from Millsap.
Right after an eight-two begin, the Hawks had dropped four of five games and were looking for answers in the backcourt, in which equally Teague and essential reserve guard Kent Bazemore had skipped time with accidents. Guard Tim Hardaway Jr., an offseason acquisition, noticed his initial action of the typical season Tuesday. Hardaway concluded with three factors in 12 minutes.
“I think we competed for for a longer time and greater, and our target and attention to depth was closer to the place we essential to be,” Budenholzer explained. “We’ll just carry on to get more ideal, significantly less blunders.”
Sefolosha stuffed the box score, including seven rebounds, a few helps, three steals and a few blocks to his fifteen points.
The Celtics, who, like the Hawks, have been up-and-down via the first month of the year, dropped their second straight recreation and 3rd in their final four.
“I consider we require to reconnect as a team,” Stevens stated. “I imagined we did a lot of issues on an island tonight. We have acquired to be a crew. That’s initial and foremost.”
Boston rookie guard R.J. Hunter, a nearby item who starred at Georgia State, scored ten factors. Position guard Isaiah Thomas added 15 details, and forward David Lee arrived off the bench for ten points and 6 rebounds for the Celtics.
NOTES: Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer explained he apologized to referee Ben Taylor for creating speak to with him while protesting a noncall Saturday in a decline to Cleveland. Budenholzer was fined $ twenty five,000, but not suspended by the NBA, a punishment that drew criticism from the referees’ union. … Boston guard Marcus Wise is sidelined for at the very least two months with a lower leg damage. Sensible presently skipped three video games earlier in the period with a sprained big toe. … Only the Milwaukee Bucks experienced a even worse rebounding differential than the Hawks (-five.7) entering Tuesday’s online games. … The Celtics won the very first of 4 conferences of the time with Atlanta, beating the Hawks 106-ninety three on Nov. thirteen. … The Hawks retired the jersey of Hall of Fame heart Dikembe Mutombo throughout a ceremony at halftime. NBA commissioner Adam Silver was among people in attendance to honor Mutombo.