A 15-point lead at halftime was not enough to help the Atlanta Hawks (20-12) hold off the Boston Celtics (16-17) on Saturday night in Atlanta as Boston rallied for an 89-81 win.
The Hawks started off scorching and had a 31-18 lead after the first quarter. They turned that into a 53-38 lead at halftime. Then the third rolled around, and the Celtics cranked up the defensive pressure.
Boston began to trap the ball and force the Hawks into turnovers, stalling out the Hawks' offense.
The Celtics needed this win to try to build some momentum. Combined with their win on Friday over the Pacers, this is the first time they have claimed back-to-back games since November.
Check out the full box score here.
Player of the Game: Rajon Rondo
Rajon Rondo did a little of everything on his way to a triple-double. He finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists while going 7-of-16 from the field.
This was the first of a two-game road trip for the Celtics. They will now travel to take on the Knicks on Monday.
For the Hawks, this game ended a three-game road trip, but they will have to jump back on the road as they will travel to take on the Timberwolves on Tuesday to start a two-game road trip.