The Boston Celtics defeated the Atlanta Hawks 104-95 in overtime despite struggling with turnovers and a historic performance from All-Star Paul Millsap. With the win, the Celtics tie the series at 2-2 as the teams head back to Atlanta for game five.
Point guard Isaiah Thomas scored 28 points in his first game following Friday’s historic 42-point effort. He made a clutch three-pointer with 30 seconds left in OT to seal the Celtics’ victory.
Also, Amir Johnson, Marcus Smart, and Evan Turner played pivotal roles in this game, sinking some key shots to both keep the Celtics in the lead or within striking distance. Smart finished with 20 points while Turner (17) and Johnson (9) also added some punch.
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Both teams struggled to keep possession of the basketball, resulting in 29 combined turnovers.
After scoring just 26 total points through the first three games of the series, the All-Star forward Millsap scored as many in the first half alone – the most points scored by a Hawks player in a single half during the playoffs since 2002-03, according to FOX Sports Southeast. He finished with 45 points and 13 rebounds, the most points by any player during this series.
Point guard Jeff Teague tried to play the role of hero as he made back-to-back three-point shots in the final minutes of the fourth – and a late three in overtime – to keep the Hawks close. He was mostly a non-factor for the first three quarters before finishing with 13 points and five assists.
Kyle Korver was the only other Hawks player to score in the double digits, posting 10 points while going three-for-nine shooting from beyond the arc.
After an altercation in game three with the Celtics’ Thomas, Dennis Schroder was persona-non-grata in Boston as he was booed every time he touched the basketball. The raucous crowd seemed to get the best of him at times.
Celtics’ swingman Jae Crowder landed on top of Schroder after both men lost their balance and fell to the hardwood near the end of the second quarter.
Schroder shoved Crowder off of him and received a technical foul as the Boston crowd chanted “What was that?” Schroder finished with just seven points, a far cry from his 20 points in 22 minutes last Friday.
With the Boston, Massachusetts crowd invested into every phase of the game, the Celtics continued their quest to overcome a 2-0 playoff deficit for the second time in franchise history and the first time since 1969.