Atlanta Hawks vs. Boston Celtics: Live Blog, Analysis and Reaction from Game 6
With the series heading back to the Boston Garden for Game 6, will the Boston Celtics be able to knock out the Atlanta Hawks and advance to the next round or will the Atlanta Hawks prevail on the road and send the series back home for a Game 7?
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Jeff Teague can't even get the shot off and the Celtics advance to the next round with an 83-80 win.
This game was all about Kevin Garnett, who had a vintage early 2000s performance with 28 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals and 5 blocks in the game.
Congrats to the Celtics.
Pierce makes the second and it's a three-point game.
Pierce makes the first.
That was dumb. Horford makes the second and the Hawks foul with 1.3 seconds left. But without a timeout, they have no hope of advancing the ball down the court.
Boston 81, Atlanta 80 with 1.3 seconds.
Horford misses the first. Intentional miss upcoming.
And the Hawks season comes down to whether or not Al Horford can make two free throws.
Joe drives to the rim and gets rejected, but the ball is swatted out of bounds with 3.1 seconds remaining. Atlanta ball, still down one.
Josh Smith misses the fadeaway and the Hawks are down to their last breath.
Ray Allen is fouled and sent to the free-throw line, where he knocks down one of two shots to extend the lead to two points with 9.3 seconds left.
Is the obvious Joe Johnson ISO coming?
Of course the ball goes to Kevin Garnett. And of course he makes it.
No one should be surprised by that.
Boston 80, Atlanta 79 with 20 seconds remaining.
Garnett misses the bank-shot but the Celtics grab an offensive rebound and draw Al Horford's fourth foul of the night.
Commerical break time.
Atlanta 79, Boston 78 with 42 seconds remaining.
Kevin Garnett pulls down his 14th rebound of the night and the Celtics have the ball, trailing by one with under a minute remaining.
Rajon Rondo gets caught in the air and turns the ball over, giving the Hawks possession in this crucial Game 6 with only 1:24 left on the game clock.
Atlanta 79, Boston 78 with 1:24 remaining.
Al Horford sends home another shot, giving him eight points during the Hawks run to take the lead.
Paul Pierce answers on the other end, but Atlanta has a one-point lead with under two minutes in their attempt to avoid elimination.
Atlanta 79, Boston 78 with 1:30 remaining in the fourth quarter.
The Atlanta Hawks have the ball and a chance to take the lead in what feels like the first time in forever.
Josh Smith does exactly that with a crossover and a strong drive to the rim. There was no help defense and Smoove soared through the air for a very easy two points.
Atlanta 77, Boston 76 with 2:46 remaining in the fourth quarter.
And there's a great alley-oop feed from Josh Smith!
From a few feet behind the three-point arc, Smith lobs it up at the rim and Al Horford throws it down for his third-straight bucket. Suddenly, somehow, someway, the Hawks have cut the deficit to just a single point as Horford looks to make up for his seven turnovers.
Boston 76, Atlanta 75 with 3:57 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Al Horford looked good on that possession as he drove into the lane, pulling off a great spin move and finishing with the right hand.
But Brandon Bass answers on the other end with a bucket of his own to keep the lead at five points.
And then Horford drills a jumper of his own. Three point lead for Boston.
Boston 76, Atlanta 73 with 4:10 remaining in the fourth quarter.
There must be something about the name Kevin.
This is not bad company to be in for KG.
The Atlanta Hawks have a defensive strategy that's working right now.
They're throwing hard double-teams each and every time Paul Pierce touches the ball and the Truth has turned it over on each of the last two possessions.
After a Teague turnover and a Smith drawn foul, the lead is down to seven points with free throws pending.
Boston 74, Atlanta 67 with 5:43 remaining in the fourth quarter.
That's a quick 7-0 run for Boston and this series is inching towards a six-game victory for Boston.
Boston 74, Atlanta 65 with 8:45 remaining in the fourth quarter.
That's three technical fouls on the Atlanta Hawks, who need to get a grip on themselves before this game gets out of hand.
After Ray Allen actually makes the free throw, it's a seven-point lead for the C's.
Boston 72, Atlanta 65 with 9:25 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Kevin Garnett has been insanely good this game. He's playing inspired defense and lighting it up on offense while drawing foul after foul.
His statline early in the fourth quarter: 24 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, 5 blocks.
Boston 71, Atlanta 65 with 9:32 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Al Horford very hesitantly attempts and makes a long jumper.
He had to look around and make sure there wasn't an open teammate before firing, but it all worked out for him in the end. Frankly, I'm just surprised he didn't turn it over.
Boston 69, Atlanta 65 with 10:42 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Johnson makes his second three-pointer in a row, but Rajon Rondo answers on the other end.
The Boston point guard put his head down and appeared to lose track of the game clock, but he pulls up and just swishes a fallaway deep two as the buzzer sounds. Since when can he shoot so well!?!
Atlanta hung tough during the third quarter and is still well within striking distance.
Boston 67, Atlanta 63 at the end of the third quarter.
Joe Johnson makes a three-pointer on a second-chance opportunity, but Erick Dampier hurts his team by pounding the ball into the ground and drawing the Hawks' second technical foul.
Ray Allen shoots the ensuing free throw but uncharacteristically pulls an Omer Asik (too soon?) and misses.
Boston 65, Atlanta 60 with 45.4 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Al Horford has been doing more bad than good for the Hawks this game as he palms the ball and turns it over for the seventh time this game.
This turnover results in a corner three for Ray Allen. That's the last thing Atlanta needs right now.
Boston 65, Atlanta 57 with 1:30 remaining in the third quarter.
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