The Hawks won after losing their first nine games -- the longest
winless start in franchise history.
But before they could relish the win, the Hawks couldn't help
but cast an eye to a much longer streak without winning consecutive
While finishing last in the league with 13 wins last season, the
Hawks did not win back-to-back games. They play at Indiana on
"That's my biggest goal now, two in a row," Childress said.
"Last year I said if we won two in a row I was cutting my hair.
I'm not saying that now."
For at least one night, the focus was on ending the winless
"It's been a long time coming," Harrington said.
"It's a big relief," added Hawks coach Mike Woodson.
The Hawks' nine straight losses came against Western Conference
"We played every West team pretty good," Woodson said. "It's
not like we can't compete, but those guys in the locker room had to
believe they can win."
Pachulia added 19 points and 13 rebounds for Atlanta.
"They deserved to win," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said.
"Honestly I thought they played harder than us. I thought Zaza
Pachulia single-handedly outworked our entire team. ... I thought
he was the single toughest player on the floor."
Joe Johnson scored 13 points, all in the second half, and made
three free throws in the final 30 seconds to help the Hawks protect
Topping their previous scoring high for the season by 23 points,
the Hawks finally won by shooting 57 percent from the field.
Paul Pierce hit a 3-pointer at the final buzzer for 33 points.
Davis added 25 points but had only four points in the second half
for the Celtics, who fell to 0-4 on the road. Overall, Boston has
lost four of its last five games.
The Hawks outscored the Celtics 56-32 in the paint and claimed a
38-25 advantage in rebounds.
"They got pretty much every shot they wanted," Pierce said.
"That's the story of our season. We're allowing too many points,
we're allowing them to shoot too high a percentage, and tonight we
allowed too many offensive second chances."
The Hawks led 115-110 before hitting a dry spell as Harrington
and Salim Stoudamire were called for offensive fouls. The call on
Stoudamire wiped away a basket on his drive with 1:05 left and the
lead down to three points.
Pachulia hit two free throws with 33 seconds left for a 117-112
The Hawks, who were 27th in the league with their average of 88
points per game, reached 100 points for the first time.
Even with Johnson playing only four minutes in the first half
due to foul trouble, the Hawks led 61-60 at halftime behind
Harrington's 24 points.
Back-to-back baskets by Josh Smith -- one on a jumper and one on
an alley-oop jam on a pass from Johnson -- gave the Hawks an 84-77
lead midway through the third period. Pierce scored 12 of the
Celtics' final 19 points of the period, including five in a 10-0
run, as Boston pulled even at 96.
Boston's Dan Dickau had four 3-pointers and 14 points when he
left the game with his fifth foul early in the final period. He
fouled out late in the game without scoring again.
Celtics guard Delonte West was held out after suffering a
hip-pointer against Cleveland Tuesday night. ... The Hawks used
their sixth different starting lineup in 10 games. Tyronn Lue and
Smith moved back into the lineup, and Childress and rookie Marvin
Williams returned to backup roles. ... Harrington's 24 first-half
points topped his previous season high of 23 points for an entire
game, and his 12 free throws made set a new career high. ... The
Hawks' previous high was 97 points.