On Friday January 13th, the Atlanta Hawks fell to a record of (22-17) after losing to the (25-15) Boston Celtics in what was sellout at Philips Arena. Friday night’s matchup of the Celtics vs. Hawks not only was a battle between the #3 and #4 seeds in the Eastern Conference, it was also a homecoming for former Atlanta Hawks star Al Horford.
For the Atlanta Hawks, Friday night was the first game at Philips Arena since trading all-star sharp shooter to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Paul Millsap and Tim Hardaway Jr. were strong offensively scoring 23 points each. Hawks point guard Malcolm Delaney was also very effective on the night. Delaney scored 17 points in 27 minutes of action off the bench. Dwight Howard was perfect from the floor shooting (4-4) finishing with 11 points but he only had four shots. The Hawks must get the big guy the ball more inside the paint.
The Boston Celtics came out was a chip on their shoulder feeling like they had to get a win for Al Horford. Celtics all-star Isaiah Thomas continues to display he is one the best player in the NBA. Thomas finished the night with 28 points and 9 assist and Thomas called off a timeout from his head coach Brad Stevens to hit a game winner over Kent Bazemore with 2.4 seconds remaining in the game. Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk was Boston’s second highest scorer on the night with 26 points and 8 rebounds. Jae Crowder following that up scoring 18 points and Al Horford shot (4-8) from the floor finishing with 10 points and 6 rebounds.
The Atlanta Hawks are back on the court this Sunday, January 15th against the Milwaukee Bucks at 3pm. The Celtics are off until Martin Luther King Day this Monday (January 16th) when they face the Charlotte Hornets. Stay tuned to HHS1987. Follow @eldorado2452 on Twitter and Instagram for all your Atlanta Hawks, NBA and sports news.
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