The Celtics outplayed and outhustled the Hawks for 3 1/2 quarters tonight and held on for the 99 – 93 win.
Big Baby (19 pts, 12 reb) lead the charge in the first half. You need to see his block on Joe Johnson.
Every time the Hawks cut into the lead in the 4th, Ray Allen (22 pts) was there to hit one of those mid-range floaters.
The bench guys did a helluva job. Here are the numbers:
Eddie House: 12 pts, 2-4 3FG
Stephon Marbury: 11 pts, 3-4 3FG, 2 assists
Mikki Moore: 2 pts, 10 reb
Not sure how the officiating was in the first half (took the kid to see Monsters vs Aliens in 3D), but I was treated to a terrible display in the 3rd quarter. My favorites:
– Offensive foul on Perk (his 5th). He never touched Pachulia and took a shot in the eye. And the ref was a foot away from the play.
– The charge on Big Baby. Josh Smith got to the spot late and was partially in the circle to boot.
– No call on Josh Smith's double dribble and/or palm
Pics from the game….after the jump.