A look back at the many ways the Hawks choked away Game 4 against the Celtics
Standing still and letting the clock out run proved to be an ineffective final play for Atlanta.
With 33 seconds left in the first half on Sunday, an Isaiah Thomas hoop put the Celtics up 46-45. Boston then failed to score for the next 5:11 of game time, and the Hawks used a 17-0 run to build a 62-46 lead midway through the third quarter.
Things were looking bleak for the C's, but some spectacular play from Thomas, Marcus Smart and Jonas Jerebko helped get them back in it. Maybe of even greater significance though, was the fact that Atlanta also inexplicably lost the ability to put the ball in the basket:
Four minutes into the third quarter, Kent Bazemore hit a 3 to put the Hawks up 62-46. From that point on, Atlanta shot just 12-46 (26.1%)
After blowing the 16-point lead, a pair of late three-pointers from Jeff Teague rescued the Hawks and put them back up by two with only 20 seconds remaining in the ballgame. However, a breakdown on defense let Thomas slip through the lane and tie things up with 15 seconds to go: