Hawks’ hot start can’t cool Celtics

Celtics guard Jaylen Brown finishes tough layup in the fourth quarter

It was a tale of two halves, as the Boston Celtics turned things on down the stretch to pick up a road victory over the Atlanta Hawks by a final score of 110-99.

The Hawks started the contest poised to take on a Boston team boasting the NBA’s best record, as they exploded for 35 points in the first quarter. Point guard Dennis Schroder was key to the Hawks early success, as he took on the bigtime matchup vs Celtics star Kyrie Irving. Schroder scored 11 of his team-high 23 points in the first half as his team took a 50-44 lead into halftime. Four other Hawks scored in double-digits; Kent Bazemore (19), Taurean Prince (14), Luke Babbit (11) and John Collins (18) off the bench.

In his second meeting against his former team, center Al Horford was not a focal point of the Celtics offense; that title belonged to Irving, who finished with a game-high 30 points. Celtics guard Jaylen Brown, who has made waves with his exceptional performances during the Celtics now 15-game winning streak, followed up with 27 points including four three-pointers.

After rebounding from a 16-point deficit by scoring 36 points in the third quarter, the Celtics racked up 30 more points to close out the final quarter.

The Hawks (2-13) will look to bounce back when travel to face San Antonio while the Celtics looks to extend its winning streak to 16 when travel to face Dallas

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