Mar 19, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) drives past Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague (0) and center Zaza Pachulia (27) during the first half at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE

Celtics Vs. Hawks: Joe Johnson's 25 points Not Enough As Atlanta Falls To Boston 79-76

Joe Johnson scored 25 points but the Atlanta Hawks fell to the Boston Celtics 79-76 at Philips Arena.

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Celtics Vs. Hawks Final Score: Comeback Attempt Comes Up Short As Atlanta Falls 79-76

The Atlanta Hawks dug themselves out of a big hole in the fourth quarter but their comeback bid fell just short as they fall 79-76 to the Boston Celtics.

Atlanta entered the fourth quarter with the lead but quickly fell apart. A Boston run put the Celtics up by as many as 15 points in the fourth. The Hawks trailed 75-60 with 2:57 remaining before unleashing their own 16-4 run to close out the game. However, it wasn't enough as Jeff Teague's game-tying attempt was way off preserving the win for the Celtics.

Joe Johnson scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter but couldn't get his hands on the ball for the final shot. Zaza Pachulia finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds while battling the Celtics' front line the entire night. Pachulia left the game late in the third quarter but later returned with stitches in his head after taking an elbow.

Josh Smith once again did a little bit of everything finishing with 10 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists but was just 5-20 from the floor.

Ray Allen led the way for the Celtics with 19 points while Kevin Garnett finished with 16 points and eight rebounds. Paul Pierce added 13 and Rajon Rondo finished with 10 points, 13 assists and six steals.

For more on this game Hawks fans should check out Peachtree Hoops and Celtics fans should visit CelticsBlog. For more news and notes from around the NBA head over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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Celtics Vs. Hawks Score: Atlanta Takes 33-31 Lead Over Boston Into Halftime

The Atlanta Hawks take a 33-31 lead into halftime against the Boston Celtics in a good defensive contest by both sides. The Hawks led 15-12 at the end of the first quarter and were outscored 19-18 in the second by the Celtics.

Josh Smith did a lot of his damage from the perimeter and has eight points, four rebounds and four assists at the break. Joe Johnson added six points and Kirk Hinrich five for the Hawks. Zaza Pachulia has four points and eight first half rebounds. The Hawks hit 14 of 41 shot attempts in the first half for 34 percent.

Rajon Rondo scored eight points and handed out six assists in the first half to lead the Celtics. Kevin Garnett also scored eight points and grabbed a team-high five rebounds. Paul Pierce scored four points before picking up his third foul late in the half and heading to the bench. The Celtics hit 13 of 37 attempts in the first half but committed 11 first-half turnovers.

For more on this game Hawks fans should check out Peachtree Hoops and Celtics fans should visit CelticsBlog. For more news and notes from around the NBA head over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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The shorthanded Atlanta Hawks will open a three-game home stand Monday night when they host the Boston Celtics at Philips Arena.

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Jannero Pargo Injury: Hawks Guard Out A Month After Successful Appendectomy

The injuries continue to pile up for the Atlanta Hawks who can add Jannero Pargo to their injury list after the guard had successful surgery on his appendix Sunday night. Pargo is expected to miss about a month while he recovers from the surgery.

Pargo was taken to the hospital before Sunday's game with the Cavaliers as a precautionary measure after experiencing a stomach illness. Pargo is scheduled to return to Atlanta in a couple of days.

The injury leaves the Hawks extremely thin at the point guard position given that Kirk Hinrich has moved into the starting lineup alongside Jeff Teague. With Marvin Williams and Willie Green both also sidelined with injuries, Larry Drew has to rely on either Tracy McGrady or Jerry Stackhouse to help provide depth.

For more on Jannero Pargo's injury and the Atlanta Hawks check out Peachtree Hoops.

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