Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Hawks' Wings Clipped in Boston, Celtics Improve to 6-4

The occasional highlight dunk by Josh Smith was negated by Rajon Rondo's occasional dazzling play, as was Atlanta's impressive youth against Boston's experience down the stretch as wise teamwork came to fruition for a thrilling comeback in the TD Garden.

At first, the staggering efficiency of Devin Harris and the trade pieces acquired over the summer (Anthony Morrow, Kyle Korver) stunned Boston. Fortunately, responding to the daunting lead was Josh Howard off the bench (17 points), stifling doubts about his performance since being traded to Boston with a contagious effort that fueled a comeback by the entire squad, culminating in a 37-21 point disparity in the decisive 4th quarter that was led by splashy 3's, courtesy of Jason Terry (26 points) and Rajon Rondo, which served as the nail in ATL's coffin.

KG earned a commendable double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds) and "The Truth" chipped in 18 diligent points, using his strength and tenacity to get to the free throw line. It appears that Boston's only weakness is consistency on both sides of the court, as tonight they were up to par, a stark contrast to their performance against Utah.

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