Everything You Need to Know - Hawks vs. Celtics - January 8, 2010

Atlanta 93, Boston 85 | January 8, 2010 | Philips Arena
  • Atlanta knocked off Boston 93-85 at Philips Arena on Friday...Coupled with Orlando's loss to Washington, the Hawks are now a half game out of first place in the Southeast Division, and will take on the Magic tomorrow night with the top spot on the line.
  • Jamal Crawford scored 18 points off the bench (14 in the 4th quarter) to lead the Hawks...Mike Bibby added 17, including 3 3-pointers, and 7 assists.
  • Al Horford (16 points\10 rebounds) and Josh Smith (15 points\11 rebounds) each had double-doubles...Joe Johnson had 12 points and 8 assists, and Marvin Williams scored 11.
  • Both teams struggled shooting the ball in the 1st quarter (ATL 38.1%, BOS 35.0%), which saw Atlanta take a 19-17 lead...The offense for both clubs picked up in the 2nd quarter but Celtics held a 45-39 lead at the break thanks to 7-12 3-point shooting (Atlanta hit 1-5 three's in the half).
  • The Hawks came out on fire in the 3rd quarter, opening the 2nd half on a 20-6 to re-take the lead (59-51)...Atlanta wasn't finished, outscoring Boston 29-15 in the quarter to take a 68-60 heading into the final stanza.
  • Paul Pierce tallied 21 to lead all scorers...Kendrick Perkins had 15 points and 14 boards, and Rajon Rondo had 11 points and 10 assists for the Celtics.
  • Jamal Crawford's 4-point play in the 4th quarter was 21st of his career...He now trails all-time leader Reggie Miller by 3.
  • Joe Johnson hit 2 3-pointers in the game, leaving him 3 short of 1000 for his career...Josh Smith had 1 steal, and is now 4 behind Spud Webb (499) for 10th on Hawks' all-time list.
  • Atlanta finished the game shooting 49.4% from the floor (38-77), 50.0% from 3-point range (8-16) and 69.2% from the line (9-14)...Boston shot 40.8% from the field, 37.5% from distance (9-24) and 70.0% from the charity stripe (14-20).
  • The Hawks are back in action tomorrow at 7pm in Orlando (FSS0 HD and 790 The Zone).

Al Horford



Honorable Mentions:
Jamal Crawford- 4Q: 14pts, 5-6 FGM-A
Josh Smith- 15 pts, 11 rebounds
Mike Bibby- 17 pts, 7 assists

- The Hawks displayed all of their weapons in the second half Friday night. The third quarter saw a balanced attack from the starters, led by 4-of-4 shooting from Al Horford and a pair of 3-pointers from Joe Johnson. The fourth quarter began and ended with the Jamal Crawford show, with Mike Bibby filling in the gaps when the score tightened up.

- The Hawks have taken some heat recently for fourth quarter troubles since 10 of their 12 losses have come in games that they have been outscored over the final 12 minutes. It is not only the final few minutes that have been a problem, but establishing momentum in the early minutes has been a struggle as well. Crawford made sure that wasn't the case tonight as he was extremely aggressive while Bibby, Johnson and Horford rested to start the frame.

- Crawford's 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting in the fourth quarter included the 21st 4-point play of his career. He is now just three shy of the NBA record of 24 4-point plays held by Reggie Miller.

- The Hawks fell behind in the first half as they allowed the Celtics to dictate the pace and gave up too many easy baskets in transition. Boston also shot 7-of-12 from behind the arc in the first half, a stark contrast to the 1-of-15 they put up earlier this year when they lost to Atlanta in Boston. Note: They were 2-of-12 in the second half.

- Tonight's win, coupled with the Magic's loss in Washington (their 4th in a row) means that the winner of tomorrow night's game in Orlando will own first place in the Southeast Division all by themself. Be sure to check out Jon Cooper's latest feature that talks about the mental and physical challenges the Hawks face when playing in different cities on back-to-back nights.