Despite the Celtics’ best efforts to make Friday night’s game competitive, the Atlanta Hawks pulled away in the fourth quarter to finish off a 108-92 win at State Farm Arena. Boston had won two in a row prior to Friday night’s loss, and has now lost three of its last five.
The Celtics took a 16-15 lead with 4:08 to go in the first quarter, and that would be the last time they held the lead in the game. Atlanta ripped off a 17-4 run to take a 32-20 lead into the second quarter, then led by 15 points at halftime.
Led by 11 third-quarter points from Jayson Tatum, the Celtics cut the Hawks’ lead to three points at the start of the fourth. But Atlanta closed strong, including key contributions off the bench by Bogdan Bogdanovich (19 points) and Danilo Gallinari (14 points). Trae Young and John Collins tied for the Hawks team lead with 21 points each.
Jaylen Brown led the C’s with 26 points on 9-for-22 shooting (40.9 percent). Tatum managed to total 20 points, but shot just 5-for-17 (29.4 percent). The Celtics shot just 34.9 percent as a team and got only 17 points from the entire bench.
Up Next: It’s a quick turnaround for the Celtics, who head to New Orleans for a game against the Pelicans on Saturday night.