I'm going to start off by saying what a game! Both teams played hard until the final buzzer. Both defenses showed up in this one, both teams shooting under 40% from the field. It was a very entertaining game to watch. The game came down to a huge block in the final 20 seconds by Perkins when they lead 85-84 to hold the lead and preserve the win by hitting free throws. Neither team had a good night offensively, the 88-85 win by the Celtics made the score lot higher then it was. After the 3 Qtr the score was 62-59. Defense won this game for the Celtics and kept the Hawks in the game all night as they had a bad night from the field. Here are some of the stats.
Here are some of the stats from tonight's game.
Scoring Leaders: Pierce and Garnett both with 18
Rebounding Leader: Perkins with 10
Assists Leader: Rondo with 7
Steals Leader: Rondo with 4
Blocks Leader: Perkins with 4
Scoring Leader: Joe Johnson with 20
Rebounding Leader: Al Horford with 11
Assists Leader: Smith, Horford, and Johnson with 4
Steals Leaders: Johnson with 3
Blocks Leader: Williams and Horford with 2
Both team played there hearts out. The Celtics shot 44% from the field and the Hawks shot 37% from the field, both defenses showed up and played well. The offenses weren't fluent and the shooting percentages make that pretty clear. It was good to see Paul Pierce play well and get a lot of minutes. His knee looked fine. Piece dropped in 18 points to go along with 7 boards in 40 minutes on the floor. Joe Johnson lead the Hawks with 20 points, scoring 16 of them in the second half. All 5 of the Hawks starters played more then 38 minutes in this one, only going 3 deep on the bench. Kevin Garnett played well for the Celtics, scoring 18 points and snatching 8 rebounds in his 37 minutes of action on the court. All in all, the Celtics got it done tonight in there 88-85 win over the Atlanta Hawks.