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Celtics blow 27-point lead against Hawks on way to sixth-straight loss

01.25.13 at 10:50 pm ET
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The Celtics blew a 27-point first-half lead, eventually dropping a double-overtime, 123-111 loss to the Hawks in Atlanta. It was the Celts’€™ sixth-straight defeat.

According to Celtics’€™ play-by-play announcer Sean Grande the C’€™s had won 153 straight games when leading by more than 19 points, having last blown a lead as much as 27 points on Dec. 5, 2003 in Phoenix.

The Celts, who had jumped out to a 29-10 lead after one quarter, finally succumbed to the affects of playing back-to-back games, being out-scored, 16-4, in the second overtime. The visitors were also outscored 21-2 to start the third quarter.

‘€œI thought it changed once we put the starters in with about five minutes left in the second quarter,’€ Celtics coach Doc Rivers told reporters after the game, adding, ‘€œI told our guys you can’€™t win without humility. ‘€¦ We started breaking rules you can’€™t break in grade school.’€

Both Kevin Garnett and Jared Sullinger fouled out, with Garnett playing 38 minutes (scoring 24 points), while the rookie failed to score 24 minutes.

Rajon Rondo did manager a triple-double, scoring 16 points, dishing out 11 assists and hauling in 10 rebounds. The Celtics’€™ bench also produced with the combination of Jeff Green, Courtney Lee and Jason Terry teamed for 45 points.

Atlanta exposed the Celtics from beyond the three-point line, with Kyle Korver making 8-of-12 from beyond the arc.

‘€œIt’€™s me,’€ Rivers said. ‘€œI have to figure out a way to push buttons with each individual. ‘€¦ I keep telling myself and telling my coaches we have the right group. But we have to act right.’€

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