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The Atlanta Hawks rolled into Boston with a 6-0 record, and appeared well on their way to 7-0 after Marvin Williams hit a go-ahead three-pointer with less than 10 seconds remaining.
Stacked with three stars capable of going for a game-winner, the Celtics chose Paul Pierce, who has been on fire of late. Pierce proceded to drain his 18-footer with .5 seconds remaining in Boston’s 103-102 win.
Boston was down by as much as 16 in the second quarter, but again, managed to battle back into the game. The poor first half has been a growing trend for the Celtics, but they have managed to win all but one game this season (sitting at 8-1) despite double-digit deficits in many of those games.
Pierce finished with 34 points, but none bigger than his game-winner. Kevin Garnett also helped the cause with 25 points and 12 rebounds, and Rajon Rondo dished out 12 assists in the victory.
Former Celtics guard Joe Johnson scored 28 in the loss, and made the key pass to Williams for the go ahead shot with seconds remaining. Sadly for Atlanta (and my buddy Shotgun), Pierce saddled the Hawks with their first loss of the season.
Williams may surprise you as the guy to take the three-point attempt…as he only hit one all last season. Just one. He hit four Wednesday night and is 8-11 this season. We can see a shift in Williams’ game, and it looks like his offensive production may increase with a more pronounced role in the Atlanta offense.
The Celts next play Friday night against the new-look Nuggets (minus Marcus Camby and Allen Iverson).