NBA Game Summary - Boston at Atlanta
(Saturday, January 22nd)
Final Score: Atlanta 100, Boston 96
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Antoine Walker had 29 points, six rebounds and six assists to help the Atlanta Hawks end a three-game slide with a 100-96 win over the Boston Celtics at Philips Arena.
Al Harrington added 21 points and a career-high 17 rebounds for the Hawks, who rallied from a 17-point deficit to win for just the third time in 13 contests. Josh Childress tallied 19 points and nine boards for Atlanta, which is 5-16 in its last 21 tilts.
Tony Allen had 20 points and Paul Pierce had 17 points and eight boards for the Celtics, who have dropped two straight. Raef LaFrentz tallied 15 points and grabbed 11 boards and Ricky Davis had 15 points, as Boston has dropped nine in a row on the road.
Down 82-69 early in the fourth quarter, Atlanta came to life and went on a 23-6 run. Harrington's tip-in 2:16 into the frame started the run and his layup with 2:31 remaining end it for a 92-88 edge. Childress' three-pointer with 3:21 on the clock gave the Hawks the lead, the team's first since early in the second quarter.
Boston did tie the game at 94-94 on a pair of Davis baskets, the last coming with 1:12 left.
However, Harrington hit a pair of free throws with 53 seconds remaining to and Walker drained a jumper 37 ticks later and the Hawks survived the final seconds.
"For a while they were the aggressor," Childress said. "Then we became the aggressor. We got on the break and got on the free-throw line. We made them play us."
Boston led 64-47 early in the third quarter when Allen ended a 14-0 run by starting the second half with a bucket. The Celtics then carried an 80-69 advantage into the fourth.
Boston hit 50 percent of its shots, but went only 2-of-13 from three and 10- of-17 from the line.
Atlanta hit 42 percent from the floor, going 4-of-10 from three and only 18- of-28 from the stripe.
"This was a horrible loss," Boston head coach Doc Rivers said. "We were playing good basketball. It was like Picasso. Then we decided it was showtime. One guy took a bad shot, another guy took a bad shot, and then it's selfish time. ... We lose our spirit so easily."
Atlanta center Obinna Ekezie missed the game because of the flu...Boston fell to 6-15 when scoring less than 100 points this season...The season series is tied at 1-1 between these two clubs...Atlanta ended a two-game slide to Boston...The Hawks have won three straight at home versus the Celtics.
01/22 23:36:27 ET