Thursday, June 21, 2018
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In rare playoff success, Hawks oust Celts

BOSTON — Paul Millsap had 17 points and eight rebounds, and the Hawks advanced to the second round of the playoffs with a 104-92 Game 6 victory over the Celtics on Thursday night.

Former Gator Al Horford and Kent Bazemore each added 15 points for the Hawks, who earned their first playoff series win over Boston since the St. Louis Hawks beat the Celtics in the 1958 Finals. Since moving to Atlanta, the Hawks had been 0-7 against the Celtics in the playoffs.

The Celtics' last three playoff appearances have ended in first-round exits.

Coming off a 27-point win in Game 5, the Hawks took advantage of poor shooting by Boston on Thursday, building as much as a 28-point lead.

Atlanta blew the game open with a 39-point third quarter in which it shot 74 percent.

The Celtics shot just 36 percent for the game. They made a final charge to get as close as 10 points, but Atlanta was able to close it out.

Isaiah Thomas led Boston with 25 points and 10 assists. Jae Crowder added 15 points.

Hawks 104, Celtics 92

ATLANTA (104): Bazemore 6-13 1-4 15, Millsap 4-10 9-11 17, Horford 7-10 0-0 15, Teague 4-11 3-4 11, Korver 4-4 4-4 14, Schroder 5-10 1-2 12, Scott 2-4 2-2 7, Sefolosha 1-4 0-0 2, Hardaway Jr. 3-6 0-0 7, Muscala 2-2 0-0 4, Hinrich 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 38-74 20-27 104.

BOSTON (92): Crowder 5-15 2-2 15, Jerebko 5-9 1-1 13, Johnson 1-1 1-1 3, Thomas 9-24 6-7 25, Turner 4-17 0-0 8, Smart 4-11 5-5 13, Olynyk 0-2 0-0 0, Sullinger 1-5 0-0 2, Hunter 0-2 0-0 0, Rozier 1-2 2-2 5, Zeller 4-6 0-0 8, Young 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-94 17-18 92.

Atlanta 20 21 39 24— 104

Boston 17 16 26 33— 92

3-Point GoalsAtlanta 8-24 (Korver 2-2, Bazemore 2-6, Horford 1-2, Scott 1-2, Schroder 1-2, Hardaway Jr. 1-3, Teague 0-2, Sefolosha 0-2, Millsap 0-3), Boston 7-32 (Crowder 3-8, Jerebko 2-5, Rozier 1-2, Thomas 1-7, Olynyk 0-1, Sullinger 0-1, Hunter 0-1, Smart 0-3, Turner 0-4). Fouled OutCrowder. ReboundsAtlanta 57 (Korver 9), Boston 47 (Smart, Turner 7). AssistsAtlanta 26 (Schroder 8), Boston 16 (Thomas 10). Total FoulsAtlanta 23, Boston 29. TechnicalsThomas. A18,624 (18,624).

NBA BACKS OFFICIALS: The league said Heat guard Dwyane Wade was not fouled on Miami's final offensive play in a loss to Charlotte in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference first-round series on Wednesday. Wade thought he was fouled with 2.6 seconds left as he tried to tie the score while being defended by Cody Zeller and Courtney Lee. No call came, and the Heat lost 90-88. The league's review of events in the last two minutes of play also states the Heat did not foul Zeller on an inbounds play in the final seconds, another call Miami wanted before time expired.

LATE WEDNESDAY: Klay Thompson scored 27, making seven 3-pointers, and the host Warriors rolled into the second round by routing the Rockets 114-81 in Game 5. Thompson was the first in NBA history to make at least seven 3s in consecutive playoff games. "We did not want to go back to Houston — long flight," Thompson said. Rockets guard Jason Terry had guaranteed a win, saying: "That's going to be a long flight for them to come back to Houston." Terry was scoreless, shooting 0-for-8. Rockets center Dwight Howard capped a poor series with eight points, shooting 3-for-13.

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