The Atlanta Hawks were a perfect 6-0 heading into last night’s game with the Celtics. They fought the Celtics every step of the way last night, were red-hot (13-22) from three-point land, and when Marvin Williams hit his fourth three of the night to give the Hawks back a one point lead with seven seconds left, it appeared that they might’ve finally broken through at the Garden.
Not so fast. Paul Pierce hit a jumper with half a second remaining on the clock to give the Celtics the victory, 103-102.
Mark Murphy has Pierce riding a 34 point performance to the victory. Frank Dell’Apa has more on the last-second comeback for Pierce and the Celtics. Bill Doyle has the Celtics back on top in the Eastern Conference. Jeff Howe has the Celtics handing Atlanta their first loss of the season. Robert Lee has more last minute heroics from Pierce. Jim Fenton says that the Celtics expected a great effort from the Hawks. Jessica Camerato has another NBA superman born last night.
Marc J. Spears says that the Celtics are in a large way responsible for creating this new monster in the East down in Atlanta. Steve Bulpett has more on the Hawks learning from the Celtics. Alan Siegel has the Truth prevailing last night at the Garden. Lenny Megliola has more on Pierce delivering for Boston once more.
Dell’Apa’s notebook has Pierce and Garnett giving different accounts of what the last play was supposed to be. Doyle’s notebook has more on the Hawks maturing in the playoffs last spring. Murphy’s notebook has an update on Pierce’s swollen hand. Lee’s notebook has Mike Bibby expressing no regrets over calling out the Celtics fans last spring.
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To tide you over, head over to Patriots Daily as Britt Schramm has another edition of Line Em Up in preparation for tonight’s Patriots/Jets game in Gillette.