The fourth quarter gets underway with more foul calls… the refs are calling this one tightly. It seems like everything the Celtics do (Eddie House three for example) is matched by the Hawks (Maurice Evans three).
At the 9:30 mark, a weird one. Tony Allen heads out on the break with the Celtics up 81-80. He looked like he wasn’t sure what to do with the ball, meekly scooping it up in what looked like a half-alley oop, half layup. It was way short, and the Hawks brought it back for a Joe Johnson 3 that put the Hawks back up. As soon as it happened, Ray Allen came flying off the bench and back into the game.
The foul disparity is big right now with 8:29 to play… the Hawks already have 5 team fouls, the Celtics just one. Those whistles are getting a workout tonight. 86-83 Celtics after a Ray Allen jumper.
Less than 6 minutes to go and a rare sight… Ray Allen missing two wide open 3-pointers. Paul Pierce had given the Celtics a 3-point lead with a jumper, but another 3-pointer by Maurice Evans ties the game at 88. Timeout on the floor, let’s take a stat break:
Offensive Rebounds: 14
Fast Break Points: 9
Points In The Paint: 24
Second Chance Points: 14
Offensive Rebounds: 4
Fast Break Points: 7
Points In The Paint: 18
Second Chance Points: 10
Man, that’s quite a swing from the first half. Once again, the Celtics are stepping it up late in games.
On the back end of that timeout, Kevin Garnett came out firing, nailing a jumper and a layup (off the Rondo feed), giving the Celtics a 92-88 lead with 3:32 to play. The crowd, led by Breakdancing Kid, is fired up as we take another timeout.