The Boston Celtics evened their first round playoffs series 2-2 against Atlanta on Sunday evening at the TD Garden with a 104-95 overtime victory against the Hawks, with many New England Patriots in attendance to support: Bob Kraft, Bill Belichick, Rob Gronkowski and LeGarrette Blount. Blount and Isaiah Thomas shared a nice moment after the game where IT4 gave Blount his jersey (although I am not sure that it will fit him).
Isaiah was Boston's leading scorer with 28 points, including a huge game-sealing 3 pointer in overtime to go up 102-95 with 30 seconds remaining.
Marcus Smart took over in the 4th quarter and scored a career playoff high 20 point to go along with 8 rebounds and 5 assists.
3 other Celtics scored in double figures: Evan Turner (17 points), Jonas Jerbko (16 points, 10 rebounds) and Jae Crowder (12 points). Amir Johnson was one point and one rebound shy of a double-double, with 9 each, and chipped in 3 blocks.
Game highlights courtesy of Ximo Pierto Final and NBA Conference on YouTube. Box score below.
|Boston Celtics (48-34)|
|R. Hunter||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|J. Mickey||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|J. Young||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|T. Zeller||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|42.6%||33.3%||68.4%||team rebs: 13||total to: 14|
- Hawks: Schroder
- Celtics: Sullinger
- Lead Changes: 12
- Times Tied: 4
- Arena: TD Garden, Boston, MA
- Officials: #13 Monty McCutchen, #23 Jason Phillips, #47 Bennie Adams
- Attendance: 18624