Taurean Prince and the Atlanta Hawks proved to be too much for the Boston Celtics in the fourth quarter as they pull out a, 112-106, win in Boston during a Sunday matinee.
On Saturday afternoon, the Celtics announced that Marcus Morris would be out of the lineup to get some rest and Guerschon Yabusele was doubtful with left knee soreness.
After coming off a win on Friday night, in which the Celtics snapped a two-game losing streak, to bring them to 7-3 over their last 10 games.
Prior to the game, the East’s last placed Hawks were sitting at 3-7 over their last 10, after snapping a two-game losing streak on Friday night with a win over the Washington Wizards.
Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum combined for 14 points in the first as the Celtics took a 31-24 lead over the Hawks to start the second quarter.
After shooting 53.5 percent from the field and 18 team assists in the first-half, the Celtics held a, 58-49, lead heading into halftime.
With Al Horford sniffing a double-double, with 16 points and seven boards, the C’s took an, 82-76, lead into the final quarter.
A late 13-5 run from Atlanta proved to be too much for Boston, as the Hawks finished off the C’s, 112-106, for back-to-back wins against a pair of playoffs teams.
The pesky Hawks never gave up down the stretch and would out-score the defenseless Celtics, 36-24, in the fourth quarter.
The Celtics finish the year 3-1 against the Hawks, with two regular season games remaining on Tuesday and Wednesday. The C’s hit the road for one against Washington followed by a home game with the Brooklyn Nets to end the regular season.
Six Celtics finished with double-digit scoring, with Tatum leading all scorers with 19 points (8-12 FG), four rebounds and two assist.
Horford didn’t end up reaching a double-double, but he did finish with 16 points (5-11 FG), seven rebounds and four assists.
Al Horford has scored 10+ points in his seventh consecutive game, marking a new season high (3/23 - 4/8)— Celtics Stats (@celtics_stats) April 8, 2018
Greg Monroe led a C’s bench, who combined for 47 points, with 17 points (7-8 FG), two rebounds and four assists.
Greg Monroe has registered three consecutive games of 15+ points for the first time this season— Celtics Stats (@celtics_stats) April 8, 2018
And Semi Ojeleye dropped a career-high 13 points on 71.4 percent shooting from the field.
Terry Rozier III had 10 points in his start, and made Celtics history in the process with his two made three-pointers.
A little history just now from for Terry Rozier... pic.twitter.com/vfmXrak51O— Sean Grande (@SeanGrandePBP) April 8, 2018
Prince finished 70.5 percent from the field for a team-leading 33 points, eight rebounds and five assists for the Hawks.
Both teams shot better than 50 percent from the field, with the C’s out-rebounding the Hawks by four.
UP NEXT: The Celtics (54-26) hit the road for one against the Washington Wizards (42-38) in a potential playoff preview on Tuesday night. Catch the call of the game with Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell, live on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Pre-game coverage begins at 7:30 p.m., with tip-off set for 8:00 p.m.
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