Celtics hope to stop slide, pay a visit to Hawks
(SportsNetwork.com) - Since the Boston Celtics evened their record at 4-4, they haven't reached the win column.
The Celtics hope to stop a season-high six-game losing streak when they invade Philips Arena Saturday night to take on the Atlanta Hawks.
Boston's losing streak continued with Friday's 97-82 home loss versus the Eastern Conference-leading Indiana Pacers. Boston, which shot 59 percent through 24 minutes, blew a 50-42 lead at halftime and was outscored, 25-8, in the third quarter.
"Sometimes when you play with that level of energy and emotion in the first half, it's hard to sustain it," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.
The Celtics committed 23 turnovers for 30 Indiana points and were led by Jordan Crawford's 24 points. Jeff Green scored 20 points and Jared Sullinger posted 13 for the Celtics, who made 50.7 percent of their shots and have lost by double digits in five straight games.
Boston will try to stop a three-game road slide and has Charlotte to visit after clashing with Atlanta. Rookie center Kelly Olynyk left Friday's game with an ankle sprain and is day-to-day.
The Hawks are coming off a home-and-home sweep of the Detroit Pistons and have won four of five and six of their last eight games. In Friday's 96-89 victory at Detroit, Jeff Teague led the way with 18 points and Al Horford added 17 to go along with 11 rebounds.
"They (Detroit) play well at home," said Horford. "This was a big win for us to be able to come in here on the road (after) disappointing them on Wednesday and being able to win again tonight."
Paul Millsap and Kyle Korver netted 14 points apiece and the latter finished 4-for-6 from 3-point territory. Korver extended his streak of consecutive games with a made 3-pointer to 86 and the all-time NBA mark of 89 belongs to Dana Barros.
Atlanta finished with 20 assists and maintained its streak of at least 20 assists per game in every game this season.
The Hawks have won two in a row at home and are 4-1 as the host. They will welcome Orlando to town on Tuesday. Guard Lou Williams (rest) did not play Friday and could return versus the Celtics. Williams is still recovering from knee surgery and is four games shy of 500 in his career.
Boston took three of four meetings with Atlanta last season.
11/23 10:38:08 ET