Celtics Rally in the fourth quarter, the best Atlanta Hawks 113-105


ATLANTA (AP) – Kyrie Irving scored 32 points and the Boston Celtics rallied to beat the Atlanta Hawks 113-105 on Saturday night for their third straight win.

After following most of the game, Boston took the lead with a 9-0 run in the fourth quarter, including a triple Golee by Jaylen Brown, who had 14 points.

A trip from Irving gave Boston the definite advantage to 101-100. Al Horford made four free throws and a layup to help the Celtics increase their lead to 109-100 with 1:11 to play.

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– Boston Celtics (@celtics) January 20, 2019

Kevin Huerter led Atlanta with 18 points, and rookie teammate Trae Young had 16.

Minutes after being called by his first coach after his fourth foul three minutes into the third quarter, Marcus Smart of Boston was sent off after an altercation with DeAndre Bembry of Atlanta.

Smart and Bembry had to be separated after an exchange of words while the players lined up to jump. After being restricted by teammates and coaches, Smart was released and charged against Bembry before being restrained again.

Bembry was also called for a technical foul after a video review.

One night, after scoring 38 points in a 122-116 victory at home over Memphis, Irving continued his high scoring run by going 5-for-8 from the 3-point range. He retired the Celtics from a 50-34 deficit by scoring 15 of Boston's 19 end points in half. The Hawks led 67-60 at halftime.

Atlanta responded to Irving's one-man scoring program with a more balanced attack that lasted until the last quarter.

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– Boston Celtics (@celtics) January 20, 2019

Huerter continued to shine in his initial fill role while Kent Bazemore recovered from a sprained right ankle. Huerter has made 45.5 percent of his 3-point attempts to lead all NBA clbadified rookies. He made 4 of 10 3s against Boston.

Another rookie, Omari Spellman, added two triples in the first half.

Boston's Jayson Tatum opened the game with a three-point play. The Hawks scored the next 10 points and held the lead until Brown's 3-pointer with 9:07 left gave Boston a 95-93 lead.

Tatum had 19 points and Horford had 13.


Celtics: Due to bad weather in the Boston area on Saturday night, there were tentative plans for a return flight on Sunday. The travel problems also led Gordon Hayward to stay in Boston, where his wife is expecting the couple's third child. "With time pending, there was no reason to make this trip," coach Brad Stevens said of Hayward.

Hawks: John Collins and Alex Len had 15 points each. … Collins (symptoms similar to bronchitis) and Young (flu-like symptoms) began after being updated before the game. … C Dewayne Dedmon (sprained left ankle) had six points in 24 minutes on his return after missing two games.


Celtics: host Miami on Monday night.

Falcons: Host Magic on Monday.


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