Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 3)

Series starts 11/23

Game 1: Wednesday, November 23rd
Game 2: Friday, January 6th
Game 3: Tuesday, January 10th

Hawks 103

(8-22, 3-14 away)

Celtics 98

(13-19, 10-7 home)

    7:30 PM ET, January 6, 2006

    TD Garden, Boston, MA

    1 2 3 4 T
    ATL 27 16 36 24103
    BOS 24 26 29 1998

    Top Performers

    Atl: A. Harrington 28 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast

    Bos: D. West 23 Pts, 4 Reb, 6 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    Harrington, Hawks humble Celtics in Boston 

    BOSTON (AP) -- Joe Johnson and the Atlanta Hawks finally figured out how to close out a game.

    Al Harrington had 28 points and eight rebounds and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Boston Celtics 103-98 Friday night to snap a four-game losing streak.

    Johnson, who finished with 20 points, hit a jumper with 1:12 left to give Atlanta a 100-98 lead. Johnson then blocked a Paul Pierce layup the next time down the floor and made a key free throw with 19.2 seconds left to secure the win for the Hawks.

    "When the game is on the line I want to take the shot, so I took it upon myself" said Johnson, who had eight fourth-quarter points. "We picked it up in the fourth quarter, got some key stops, guys knocked down some big shots and, most importantly, we pulled out a victory."

    The Hawks, who had led in the fourth quarter in each of the four losses during the streak, outscored the Celtics 24-19 in the final quarter.

    Pierce missed a potential game-tying 3-point attempt with 14.9 second remaining as Boston's three-game home winning streak came to an end.

    "Tonight we focused in the fourth quarter, defended and we didn't turn the basketball over, which is very important," Harrington said. "It's a big thing because, you know, they don't lose here, their fans don't allow them to lose."

    Two of the Hawks' eight wins have come against the Celtics, who have allowed at least 100 points in six of their last seven games.

    Tyronn Lue scored 15 and Josh Smith added 11 for Atlanta.

    The Hawks trailed by as many as nine in the third quarter but Lue made a 3-pointer to cut it to 67-66 with 4:44 left. The Hawks then took their first lead of the second half when Marvin Williams hit two free throws with 3:09 remaining to make it 72-71.

    "We just didn't execute down the stretch," Pierce said. "We didn't make the plays and they did."

    Atlanta outscored Boston 36-29 in the third and made six of 11 3-pointers in the quarter.

    Tony Allen, who missed Boston's first 31 games with a knee injury, had nine points and seven rebounds off the bench.

    Delonte West and Paul Pierce each had 23 points for the Celtics, who shot 48 percent from the field and turned the ball over 16 times.

    "It was a game of small breaks and we didn't get any of them," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. ^Notes:@ Rivers left the game early in the third quarter with the flu but returned later. ... Rivers is the Hawks' all-time assists leader. ... The Celtics announced before the game that first-round draft pick Gerald Green has been assigned to the Fayetteville (N.C.) Patriots of the NBA's development league.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 103 98
    FGM-FGA 36-73 (.493) 38-80 (.475)
    3PM-3PA 11-19 (.579) 6-13 (.462)
    FTM-FTA 20-25 (.800) 16-19 (.842)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-38 8-35
    Assists 22 24
    Turnovers 17 16
    Steals 8 9
    Blocks 4 4
    Fast Break Points 4 19
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 21 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 5 9

    Top Performers

    Al Harrington Harrington
    Points: 28
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Delonte West West
    Points: 23
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 1