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The Celtics extend their winning streak to nine as they hand the Hawks a 110 to 107 loss

The Celtics extend their winning streak to nine as they hand the Hawks a 110 to 107 loss

The first quarter of this matchup would be held close as the Hawks shot forty-five percent from the field while the Celtics shot thirty-nine percent. Former Hawks’ forward Al Horford would start off with seven points, earning three of them from beyond the arc. Horford collected four defensive rebounds while Kyrie Irving gave five points which would include one three-pointer.

Jaylen Brown chalked up four points with two coming from the free-throw line. Terry Rozier came off of the bench to dropped a three-pointer while Jayson Tatum was held to just two points and one defensive rebound.

As for the Atlanta team, Luke Babbitt would score five points off of one-hundred percent shooting from the field. He collected three of them from behind the arc while Dewayne Dedmon would score five points, as well, with three from beyond the arc, too. Kent Bazemore was held to two points but did manage to grab four defensive rebounds. Marco Belinelli was kept three points, two assists, and two steals as Boston went into the second quarter with a 26-25 lead.

The Hawks would respond in the second quarter as they shot sixty-two, holding the Celtics to fifty percent. Dennis Schroder would heat up eleven points on eighty percent shooting. He earned three of those points from behind the arc while Dedmon contributed with eight points, three defensive rebounds, one assist, and two blocks.

Irving lit the floor up with eleven points, as well, hitting a three-pointer in the process of doing so. Tatum would contribute with four points, two defensive rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block. Brown would knock down a three-pointer while Rozier did the same. Horford was held to just two points, one rebound, and two assists as both teams went into halftime tied, 54 apiece.

The Celtics would have something to say in the third as they shot fifty-two percent from the field, limiting the Hawks to just thirty-three percent. Jayson Tatum would start to heat up as he scores ten points, six coming from behind the three-point line. Kyrie helped out with seven points, hitting a three-pointer in the process. Irving also had four assists while Horford collected six points, three rebounds, and two assists. Smart was held to just a three-pointer but he did pull down three rebounds while dishing off three assists.

Schroder ended up scoring eight points with six of them coming from beyond the arc.  He also recorded two defensive rebounds and two assists while Taurean Prince drilled a three-pointer.  Luke Babbitt also collected a three-pointer while getting his hands on two defensive rebounds in the nine minutes that he played as the Celtics went into the last period with an 82-75 lead.

The Atlanta Hawks went on a 32 to 28 run in the fourth quarter as they shot forty-eight percent from the field but the Celtics still shot fifty percent from the field.  Kyrie Irving would light the floor up with twelve points on seventy-one percent shooting from the field.  He would drill a three-pointer while doing so as Semi Ojeleye came off the bench to knock down two three-pointers.  Terry Rozier was kept to two points but he did manage to grab three defensive rebounds and dish off two assists.

On the other end of the floor, Belinelli scored nine points with three coming from beyond the arc and four from the free-throw line.  Malcolm Delaney played the entire quarter as he hits three 3-pointers but it was the Boston Celtics who pull away with a 110 to 107 win.  Kyrie Irving finished with thirty-five points, three rebounds, and seven assists.  Dennis Schroder would finish with twenty-three points, two rebounds, six assists, and two steals.

The Washington Wizards pull away with a victory, taking 2-0 lead in series

The Washington Wizards pull away with a victory, taking 2-0 lead in series

Tonight marked the second game between the Washington Wizards and the Atlanta Hawks.  Last game left a bit of controversy as Paul Millsap would describe the Wizards’ style of play “MMA”.  The Hawks would make a vow to play a more physical game in Game 2.  The first game would end in a 114-107 Washington victory as John Wall finished with thirty-two points, four rebounds and fourteen assists.  Dennis Schroder would end up with twenty-five points, three rebounds and nine assists.  The Atlanta Hawks would look to tie the series up tonight in the Nation’s Capital.

The beginning period would start off well for both teams as they shoot in the high-30%.  Dennis Schroder would start off with twelve points and three assists.  Paul Millsap, Dwight Howard and bench player, Kent Bazemore, would all shoot 50% from the field, earning four points.  No player on the Hawks team would connect for three points as only four shots were attempted from beyond the arc.  Point guard John Wall would also chalk up twelve points for the D.C. team, which would include one 3-pointer.  Bradley Beal would score seven points, containing one 3-pointer to help Wall out but it would be the visiting team ending the first quarter with a tight 24-23 lead.  The Wizards would go on a 28 to 19 run as former Suns player, Marcin Gortat, drops eight points and pulls down three rebounds.  John Wall would connect for a 3-pointer and knock down two free throws as he receives five points.  Jason Smith and former Knicks, Brandon Jennings, would come off the bench to four points.  Beal would knock down a three-pointer and hit a free throw to earn himself four points.  On the other end, Tim Hardaway Jr. would only shoot 33% from the field, settling for four points.  Bazemore would also throw up four points as the home team walk into halftime with a 51-43 advantage.  The Hawks would return the favor with a 35 to 23 run of their own as power forward Paul Millsap gets hot for fourteen points, shooting 60% from the field.  He would also crash the boards to pull down four rebounds, as well.  Taurean Prince would connect for all five shots, including two free throws, earning himself eight points.  As far as the Nation’s Capital team, John Wall would add seven points to his scoring total, along with two assists.  Gortat would drop six points and grab five rebounds while Beal settles for four points.  The Atlanta Hawks would finally grab hold of a lead as Washington trails behind, 78-74, at the end of the third.  The fourth quarter would belong to the Wizards, though, as they go on a 35 to 23 run.  Bradley Beal will start to heat up as he lights the floor up with sixteen points, including two 3-pointers.  Hardaway Jr. would chalk up ten  points for his Hawks team but it was the Washington Wizards who pull away with a 109 to 101 victory, taking a 2-0 lead in the series.  John Wall would finish with thirty-two points, five rebounds and nine assists.  Paul Millsap finished with twenty-seven points, ten rebounds and four assists.