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The Celtics came back to Boston and did exactly what they needed to do while they were at home: get a win. After the two losses in Atlanta, the Celtics desperately needed to come back home and get back on track. They did just that by controlling the Hawks and beating them 110-85. Game 6 in Atlanta on Friday will give the Celtics a chance to move onto round two and face the winner of the Cleveland vs Washington series.
The Celtics got a big effort from Paul Pierce, who had 22 points and seven rebounds. Kevin Garnett had 20 points, five rebounds, seven assists, and three blocks that really helped out the defense tonight. Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo added 19 and 12 points respectively. Allen also helped out by hitting some key three-pointers throughout the game the would keep Boston’s lead in tact.
Off the bench, the Celtics had a much better game then the past two in Atlanta as well. Sam Cassell came alive again with 13 points and Leon Powe added 10. The past few games the bench had been lacking and seeing them contribute more to the game is a good sign for the rest of the playoffs.
On the other side of the court, Atlanta was led by Joe Johnson once again as he had 21 points. However, Johnson was held in check for more of the game than in Game 4. Josh Smith had 18 points, Al Horford had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Marvin Williams had 12 points. Mike Bibby’s struggles in Boston continued and he was only able to put up a measly six points in 39 minutes of playing time.
This game was once again quite heated with a flagrant foul from Al Horford on Kevin Garnett and technicals from both sides. Garnett, Smith, Johnson, and Atlanta coach Mike Woodson were all whistled for technicals throughout the game. The game was very physical and Game 6 will most likely be no different. However, if the Celtics perform the way they did tonight with both the starters and the bench contributing greatly there should be no Game 7.
If the Celtics get really lucky there will be no Game 7 for them and the Cavaliers and Wizards will beat up more on each other into a Game 7 before one of those teams meets the Celtics in the second round.
Tags: Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks, Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Joe Johnson, Josh Smith, Kevin Garnett, Leon Powe, Marvin Williams, Mike Bibby, Mike Woodson, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Sam Cassell, Washington Wizards