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Celtics have Garden Rocking Again

11.12.08 at 8:04 pm ET
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Celtics fans haven’t always had reason to cheer during the game but the starters quickly sent them to their feet late in the fourth. Kicked off by a KG jumper, the Cs have dominated the last 90 seconds of play and went on a mini-run to go up by four. The Hawks timeout only perpetuated the mayhem at the Garden and now I’m having flashbacks to Game 7.

TO for TA

11.12.08 at 7:45 pm ET
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Not sure if that was a failed attempt at an alley-oop or a weak floater, but regardless it wasn’t the right play for the Celtics. Tony Allen tried to get a flashy play and wound up with a turnover that resulted in a Joe Johnson trey. With less than 10 minutes to go and the game still tied, now is not the time to get fancy.

12 Minutes to Turn it Around

11.12.08 at 7:41 pm ET
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At the end of the third … Hawks 77, Celtics 76

It’s anyone’s game at this point in a battle of back-and-forth basketball. The Hawks edged out the Celtics 26-25 in the third quarter and have a one-point lead heading into the fourth.

The Celtics started the quarter with Leon Powe, Glen Davis, Paul Pierce, Tony Allen, and Eddie House on the court. For the Hawks it’s Mo Evans, Joe Johnson, Al Horford, Flip Murray, and Marvin Williams.

Pierce scored 12 points in the third quarter … can he win this game for the Cs like he did 48 hours ago?

Celtics Draw Mo Fouls on Hawks

11.12.08 at 7:33 pm ET
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Mo Evans was called for fouls on back-to-back possessions, helping the Celtics get easy points at the free throw line. The first foul, late in the third quarter, was inevitable. Evans was guarding KG, who has him beat by at least six inches and 30 pounds.

Boos aren’t bothering Bibby

11.12.08 at 7:14 pm ET
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Either Mike Bibby is blocking out the boos or he hears them and just doesn’t care. Bibby scored eight points in the first four minutes of the third quarter. He had only scored four in the first half. Bibby is coming off of a 22-point game against the Chicago Bulls in which he shot 9-for-18 from the field and 4-for-10 from three-point range.

Halftime Notes and Numbers

11.12.08 at 6:53 pm ET
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At the half … Celtics 51, Hawks 51

Once again, the first quarter wasn’t pretty. The beginning of the second quarter wasn’t that much better either. But once the Celtics starters hit the court halfway through the second, the Cs regained momentum and find themselves tied at the half.

  • Ray Allen is leading all scorers with 15 points (5-9 FG). Reserve Flip Murray is leading the Hawks with 12.
  • It’s fitting that this game is tied considering both teams are shooting 46% from the field and just under 80% from the free throw line.
  • The Hawks, however, are hitting 50% from long range. The Celtic are 2-10.

Play that one back

11.12.08 at 6:48 pm ET
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I’ve seen KG dunk plenty of times as a Celtic but never like this.

Not only did Garnett soar through the air for a two-handed jam, he also drew the foul along the way.

Oh yeah, and he took the first lead on that play.

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