Another big win for the Celtics tonight as they tie the series up in an overtime thriller from the Garden.
Isaiah Thomas led the way again for the Celtics, scoring 28 points, and the biggest of those points came on a drive and layup to tie the game in regulation, then he drilled a corner three that was THE dagger in overtime.
Paul Millsap was an absolute force for the Hawks tonight, scoring 45 points, ripping down 13 rebounds, and blocking four Boston shots. Jeff Teague was the only other Hawk who did much tonight as Millsap was the focus of the offense, which was warranted.
Marcus Smart had his best playoff game of his career, scoring 20 points off the bench, 11 straight in the fourth, and he also contributed eight rebounds, five assists and two steals. Smart also avoided the flopping and the extra garbage tonight, a good sign that this latest fine might have woken him up.
Boston shot 43% for the night while the Hawks shot 37%, and once again the rebound/turnover battle was even. We’ve seen four games played in this series and they’ve all played out the same- if Boston is missing shots, they are going to lose. If Atlanta allows Boston to shot above 40%, the Hawks will most likely lose.
Like I always say- the series doesn’t start until a road team wins, and right now we have a 2-2 series where each team has protected homecourt. What we have learned is that both teams know they can win this series, and the next three games (I'm confident in thinking this is going the distance) are going to be three of the most physical, fast, and exciting games of the 2016 NBA Playoffs.
The Celtics travel to Atlanta for Game Five on Tuesday, April 26th. The opening tip is at 8:30 PM ET; hopefully this time the Celtics don't wait until the second quarter to show up on the road.
FINAL SCORE: BOSTON CELTICS 104, ATLANTA HAWKS 95
SERIES TIED, 2-2
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