Celtics buried by 3-pointers in loss to Atlanta – Boston Herald

The Celtics have had the NBA’s fourth-ranked defense over their last 10 games, but matched against Atlanta’s long-distance attack on Wednesday night, they simply had not guarded the arc well enough.

After falling into a hole as Atlanta buried 13 3-pointers during the first three quarters, and despite a 34-point performance from Jayson Tatum, the Celtics fell back below .500 with a 110-99 loss to the Hawks.

Atlanta took a 91-77 lead into the fourth quarter and shot 13-for-31 from downtown, including seven bombs in the third quarter – three of them in a hot 1:33 stretch from Bogdan Bogdanovic. Tatum had 24 points and followed up Marcus Smart to open with a 4-0 Celtics run early in the fourth.

But Cam Reddish, who started with a three-point game, responded with the next eight Hawks points, including two three-point games, in a one-man 8-2 run that increased the Hawks’ lead to 99-83.

Tatum, while scoring eight Celtics points in a row, also rose, including the first four of a 6-0 run that reduced the Hawks’ lead to 99-89 with 7:20 left.

But it was a problem getting off-road, especially as Trae Young was able to drive coast-to-coast from a made-up Tatum free throw to a 107-94 Hawks lead with 3:48 left.

The Celtics made another brief threat on five straight points from Dennis Schroder, including a 3-pointer with 1:47 left that reduced the margin to nine points. But Young responded with a pull-up, and on the next possession, Ime Udoka emptied his bench.

Tatum finished the half with 16 points on 6-to-14 shots while continuing to fight from the center (2-to-8). The Hawks, with Kevin Huerters 5-for-6 downtown performance leading the way, opened the scoring with a 14-3 run late in the second and led at halftime, 58-49.

A combination of continued defensive pressure and a resulting 12-5 run reduced the Hawks ‘lead to 65-61 early in the third on Grant Williams’ third 3-pointer of the night. An aggressive Tatum hit his third try to go along with a drive in the run, and came back with No. 4 to once again cut the Hawks’ lead down to four points at 70-66.

But Bogdanovic had gone viral at the time, burying three 3-pointers in a hot stretch of 1:33 to push Atlanta’s lead back to 10 points. The Hawks would lead by as many as 16 points before the Celtics trimmed the lead back to 91-77 by the end of the quarter.

The Hawks, thanks to an early 17-2 run that included three Huerter 3-pointers, ran out to a 22-11 lead six minutes inside the game. The Celtics responded with a 10-0 run triggered by a Tatum 3, and they fought back to cut the Hawks’ lead down to one point (30-29) on a Tatum drive.

He had 11 points – nine of them on the edge – at the end of the quarter thanks to his hottest start (4-to-7) in weeks.

Josh Richardson delivered great energy early in the second, but the Celtics continued to chase where the Hawks wore a six-point cushion until the Celtics reduced it to one point with a 5-0 run. But Young responded with five points in a row on his first two baskets of the night, and the Hawks kicked out with a 14-3 run for a 12-point lead, and the Celtics would cut down to 58-49 at the break on Tatum’s drive for his 16. point.

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