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82 - 76 Final
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Johnson, Hawks send Celtics to ninth straight loss

Jan 25, 2007 - 4:23 AM BOSTON (Ticker) -- The Atlanta Hawks' Joe Johnson and Josh Smith made sure the Boston Celtics' miseries continued.

Johnson and Smith each scored 21 points to lead the Hawks to an 82-76 comeback victory over the Celtics.

Josh Childress scored 14 points for Atlanta, which overcame an 18-point first-quarter deficit to snap a three-game losing streak.

"We dug down deep in the second half," Smith said. "We got some stops and won the game."

"Games like this, you hate to let slip by," Boston's Gerald Green said. "We played excellent in the first half, but in the second half they came out with the energy we had in the first half, and ended up winning the game."

The Celtics shot a miserable 32 percent (25-of-79) in suffering their season-high ninth consecutive defeat and 15 of 17. Their 12 wins are the fewest in the Eastern Conference.

The Hawks trailed, 28-10, after the first period and closed within 15 at the half before outscoring the Celtics, 27-18, in the third quarter to pull within 62-56.

"In the second half, we continued not to make shots, and then they started making shots," Boston coach Doc Rivers said. "It was frustrating to watch. You're going to have tough nights where you can't make open shots."

Atlanta held Boston scoreless for the first 5:10 of the fourth period and took a four-point lead. Johnson scored 10 points in the fourth period, including a jumper with 1:47 left for a 76-68 lead.

"They made great plays early," Atlanta coach Mike Woodson said. "Then in the third and fourth quarter, our defense really stiffened up long enough for us to find our offensive flow."

"We wanted to get to six or eight points down at the end of the third, and we got it down to six," Smith said. "The start of the fourth quarter was huge. We showed some real heart in coming back from a big deficit like that."

Delonte West scored 18 points and Green finished with 15 for Boston, but they combined to shoot just 9-of-30 from the floor.

Boston forward Al Jefferson went down with a sprained right ankle with 10 1/2 minutes left and did not return. Jefferson finished with 11 points.

Childress added 14 points and Zaza Pachulia 10 for the Hawks.








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    ATLANTA 10 19 27 26 82
    BOSTON 28 16 18 14 76 FINAL

    HIGH SCORERS: ATL - JOE JOHNSON 21, JOSH SMITH 21, JOSH
    CHILDRESS 14
    BOS - DELONTE WEST 18, KENDRICK PERKINS 15,
    GERALD GREEN 13

    Jan 24 10:01 PM
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  • NBA
    END 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    ATLANTA 10 19 27 56
    BOSTON 28 16 18 62 END 3RD QTR
    HIGH SCORERS AFTER 3RD QUARTER
    ATL - JOSH SMITH 19, JOE JOHNSON 10, JOSH
    CHILDRESS 10
    BOS - KENDRICK PERKINS 15, DELONTE WEST 13,
    GERALD GREEN 13

    Jan 24 9:22 PM


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    HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    ATLANTA 10 19 29
    BOSTON 28 16 44 HALFTIME
    HIGH SCORERS AT HALFTIME
    ATL - JOSH CHILDRESS 7, JOSH SMITH 5, TWO
    PLAYERS WITH 4
    BOS - KENDRICK PERKINS 11, AL JEFFERSON 10,
    GERALD GREEN 8

    Jan 24 8:39 PM


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    ATLANTA 10
    BOSTON 28 END, 1ST QTR

    Jan 24 8:09 PM