Hawks finally find way to eliminate Celtics

Fri Apr 29, 2016 12:47am EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - It took nearly 60 years, but the Atlanta Hawks finally found a way to beat the Boston Celtics in the playoffs.

Atlanta had not won a postseason series against Boston since 1958, the year they won their lone NBA title.

The Hawks had also lost 10 straight playoff games in Boston dating back to 1988 entering Thursday, including Games 3 and 4 last weekend at TD Garden.

In Game 6, the Hawks used the lessons from those losses to come away with a 104-92 victory, eliminating the Celtics on their home court.

"This is a great environment to play in," Hawks sharpshooter Kyle Korver.

"They just breathe confidence into their team. We felt like we had our chances in Games 3 and 4, and just execution wasn't good and a couple mental mistakes. A couple lapses that you just can't have on the road.

"I thought tonight, until the last two minutes, we played a really great game."

Paul Millsap had 17 points and eight rebounds, Al Horford and Kent Bazemore each scored 15 points, and Korver added 14 points and nine rebounds Thursday for Atlanta, which faces the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round beginning on Monday at Quicken Loans Arena.

The Hawks lost all three meetings with the Cavaliers during the regular season by an average of 9.7 points. Cleveland also swept Atlanta when the two teams met in last season's Eastern Conference finals.   Continued...

Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Scott (right) dribbles the ball against Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder (99) during the first half in game six of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports