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Celtics blow 27-point lead against Hawks on way to sixth-straight loss
Posted By WEEI On January 25, 2013 @ 10:50 pm In General | 51 Comments
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.
‘I 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, ‘I 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.
‘It’s me,’ Rivers said. ‘I 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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