The Celtics went to Atlanta hoping to get their 15th straight win – and they did just that. Boston beat the Hawks with a final score of 110-99. Kyrie Irving put up 30 points, with 5 assists, and four rebounds. Tatum and Morris both put up 14, and Marcus Smart had 10. Jaylen Brown put up 27 points – which is the first time in his career that he has scored 20+ points in back-to-back games.
The Celtics did trail for the majority of the first 3 quarters, “I think that the biggest thing is we can’t keep digging these holes,” said coach Brad Stevens. “We need to put an emphasis on playing with pace.” The Celtics rallied back from a deficit of 15+ points in consecutive games for the first time since March 19-21, 2011.
Aron Baynes celebrates on the sidelines in Atlanta via @BostonCeltics twitter
Boston improves to 14-2 with a 3 1/2 game lead on the Detroit Pistons & Toronto Raptors, (both 10-5). Next stop for the Celtics – Dallas, for a Monday night match-up against Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks.