Everything You Need to Know - Hawks vs. Celtics - January 29, 2010

Atlanta 100, Boston 91 | January 29, 2010 | Philips Arena
  • The Hawks knocked off the Celtics 100-91 at Philips Arena on Friday, sweeping the season series from Boston 4-0...It's the first time Atlanta has swept the Celtics since 1998-99 and it's the first 4 game sweep since 1995-96.
  • The win is Atlanta's 9th in the last 12 games overall and moves the Hawks into 2nd place in the Eastern Conference (behind Cleveland).
  • Jamal Crawford led the way with 28 points and 6 assists, and Joe Johnson tallied 27 (22 in the 2nd half and 16 in the 4th quarter).
  • Josh Smith came through with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks, while Al Horford had 11 points and 8 boards.
  • Boston controlled the game early but Crawford's half court buzzer beater to end the 1st quarter gave the home team a 23-22 lead...The Hawks kept the momentum going in the 2nd quarter, hitting 13-22 FGs (59.1%), and outscoring the visitors 30-19 for a 53-41 lead at the break.
  • Led by Crawford's 18 points and Zaza Pachulia's 8, the Atlanta bench outscored their Boston counterparts 29-8 in the 1st half.
  • The Celtics trimmed the deficit to 1 heading into the 4th, behind a 19-20 showing from the foul line in the 3rd...The Hawks made 8-12 FTs in the stanza.
  • Atlanta tightened up the defense in the 4th, holding Boston to 18 points (while scoring 26).
  • Bench scoring (44-18), points off turnovers (24-10) and fast break points (29-8) were big tonight as the Hawks had a sizeable advantages in all three categories.
  • Paul Pierce scored a game-high 35 and Kevin Garnett had 15 to lead Boston.
  • The Hawks are back in action on Saturday at Orlando (7pm SPSO HD\NBA TV and 790 The Zone).

Jamal Crawford



Honorable Mentions:
Joe Johnson- 16 pts in the 4th quarter
Josh Smith- 12 pts, 9 reb, 3 blk

- This game featured everything. Buzzer Beaters. Crazy Highlights. Tempers Flaring... And most importantly, a Hawks win.

- Baskets were hard to come by early as Atlanta trailed by nine at one point in the first quarter. Enter Jamal Crawford and his 18 first half points. Zaza Pachulia was also key in the first half. During one classic Big Z sequence he scored, got a steal at mid-court and drove all the way to the basket using a pass fake to clear his final stride.

- The Hawks led by 12 at the half but a lengthy third period that saw Boston score 19 points from the free throw line (20 attempts) cut the lead to just three as the fourth quarter began. The lead shrunk to a single point on several occasions, but the Celtics were never able to pull even.

- The win sets up a big match-up tomorrow night in Orlando. A win would keep the Hawks in second place in the Eastern Conference and earn Coach Woodson and his staff a trip to Dallas to coach the All-Star game. FULL STORY ON THE BLOG