Hawks Go Cold In Fourth; Lose To Celtics

Saturday, November 23, 2013
By Robby Kalland

Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks

The Hawks held a 12 point lead early in the fourth quarter, but were unable to put the Celtics away. The Hawks shot a dismal 21.7% from the floor in the fourth quarter, while the Celtics caught fire shooting 52.9% as they outscored the Hawks 30-13 in the fourth to get the 94-87 victory.

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Fatigue seemed to set in for the Hawks in the fourth quarter, and they looked like the team that was playing their fourth game in five nights. The Celtics took advantage and attacked the Hawks defense, getting a lot of looks at the rim and got 14 free throw attempts in the fourth quarter. The Hawks on the other hand, were unable to get anything going to the rim in the fourth and settled for jumpers, which they could not knock down.

“We didn’t force the issue enough,” said Coach Budenholzer. “We didn’t get to the paint enough. We didn’t get to the basket enough, and when we did, we didn’t finish. We need more of all of that. We need to get there more, we need to finish better.”

Jeff Teague had a double-double with 13 points and 10 assists, but could not find his shooting touch as he went 3-for-15 from the field. Teague was 7-for-8 from the free throw line, but Avery Bradley put a lot of pressure on Teague to shoot from the outside and kept him from getting easy driving lanes.

Al Horford had 18 points and seven rebounds, but was frustrated with Jared Sullinger‘s defense and was unhappy that there was a lot of contact that was not getting called. Horford did not attempt a single free throw on the game despite taking 13 shots within eight feet of the rim. Sullinger put forth a big night with 15 points and nine rebounds to go along with his physical play against Horford.

Brandon Bass led the Celtics with 17 points and seven rebounds, and made all seven of his free throws, including a number of big ones in the fourth quarter.

Jordan Crawford was held without a field goal, and had just two points going into the fourth quarter, but he exploded in the fourth for 10 points and played all 12 minutes in the final quarter. Crawford finished with a double-double with 12 points and 10 assists. The Celtics had six players finish in double figures, all five starters and Vitor Faverani had 11 off the bench.

Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks

Kyle Korver extended his three-point streak to 87 games early in the first quarter and finished with nine points, four rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Korver took only two three-pointers on the night, making one, as the Celtics made it a priority to keep him from getting open looks from deep.

The Hawks as a team were unable to find their range from three as they went 5-of-20 from downtown, and Mike Scott was the only Hawk with multiple made three-pointers as he came off the bench for 10 points and four rebounds.

The Hawks led the Celtics in almost every category, but struggled on the boards as the Celtics out-rebounded them 47-38. Atlanta had 29 points off of 19 Celtics turnovers, and only allowed six points off of their nine turnovers.

Atlanta had 21 more shot attempts than did the Celtics, but made only three more (36-of-93 to 33-of-72). The Celtics biggest advantage was in free throw attempts, where they went 24-for-31 compared to the Hawks 12 free throw attempts (making 10).

The Hawks had 23 assists on their 36 made shots, continuing their streak of having 20 or more assists in every game so far this season. The ball movement was there for the first three quarters, but slowed down in the fourth, which led to their poor offensive performance.

The Hawks will have Sunday and Monday off before returning to action Tuesday night against the Toronto Raptors.

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