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Hawks Vs. Celtics Final Score: Atlanta Falls To Boston In Overtime 88-86

The Atlanta Hawks had numerous opportunities at the end of regulation and in overtime to defeat the Boston Celtics but came up just short in the end 88-86.

Atlanta built an early lead in the first half only to see the Celtics come roaring back in the second. Boston's defense suffocated the Hawks offense down the stretch but Atlanta came up with some key defensive stops of their own late. If this game serves as a playoff preview then Atlanta is going to have to figure out how to execute offensively when the Celtics clamp down late in ball games.

Jeff Teague led the way for the Hawks with 21 points and six assists but was also charged with five turnovers. After taking care of the basketball reasonably well in the first half, the Hawks coughed it up in the second which led to numerous opportunities for Boston. Josh Smith added 20 points, 11 rebounds and five assists but had six turnovers of his own. Joe Johnson finished with 14 points and was the focal point of Boston's defense at crunchtime.

Kevin Garnett led the Celtics with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Brandon Bass added 21 points and 10 boards while Rajon Rondo knotched a triple-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 20 assists. Paul Pierce added 14 for the Celtics but was just 4-19 from the field.

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.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.