Final, Hawks 109-105: That’ll do it. The Celtics blow another massive lead en route to dropping their eighth game in nine tries.
Next up for the C’s is a matchup with the Detroit Pistons, who visit TD Garden on Wednesday.
Fourth quarter 0:23.8, Hawks 107-105: This one isn’t over yet. A Jeff Green and-one brings the Celtics to within two, and Avery Bradley grabs a rebound of a Paul Millsap miss to give Boston the final possession.
Fourth quarter 2:26, Hawks 103-96: It’s been all Hawks here in the fourth, as Atlanta is threatening to run away with this one.
Kyle Korver continues to be superhuman from 3-point range (6-for-7), and backup point guard Dennis Schroder has chipped in with 14 points.
Fourth quarter 8:19, 92-92: Five fourth-quarter points from Marcus Thornton have kept the Celtics in this game. The Hawks are the NBA’s highest-scoring team in the fourth quarter, however, which does not bode well for the C’s.
Fourth quarter 10:58, 85-85: We are all tied up.
End third quarter, Celtics 85-80: The Celtics manage just 19 points in the third quarter, allowing the Hawks to cut the deficit to five entering the final frame. Atlanta outscored Boston by 14 points in the third, with Kyle Korver doing the bulk of the heavy lifting. The sharpshooter has missed just once on eight field goal attempts, and leads all scorers with 21 points and five 3-pointers.
Third quarter 3:45, Celtics 79-72: That 23-point lead? It’s now down to seven, thanks to the fourth Kyle Korver 3-pointer of the game.
Third quarter 5:13, Celtics 79-65: The Celtics are holding on to a relatively comfortable advantage, but their offense has lost its pop here in the third. They were held scoreless for 4:06 before Avery Bradley broke the slump with a free throw.
Third quarter 8:32, Celtics 76-61: Jared Sullinger and Avery Bradley drilled 3-pointers on the first two possessions of the third quarter, which helped cover up for some sloppy offense later on in the frame.
Jeff Green went to the bench two minutes into the third and appeared to have his hand examined by trainers, but he’s since returned.
Third quarter 11:59, 0-0: Rajon Rondo brings the ball up the court to begin the second half. Both teams have their starting fives back on the floor.
Halftime, Celtics 66-50: Jeff Green and Kent Bazemore trade emphatic slams in the final minute, and Jared Sullinger buries a three at the buzzer to close out an exciting half of basketball.
Green leads all scorers with 16 points, while Rajon Rondo already has dished out 14 assists.
Kelly Olynyk also has played well in a game in which he absolutely needed to. He has four points, four rebounds, three steals and a career-high six assists in 13 minutes off the bench.
Second quarter 2:28, Celtics 59-43: It looks like the breakneck pace of this first half is wearing on both teams. We’re seeing a lot of sloppiness as the first half winds down.
Avery Bradley and Jeff Green each have 14 points for the Celtics.
Second quarter 5:52, Celtics 53-37: The Hawks’ offense finally is showing some signs of life after beginning the quarter with four-plus scoreless minutes. Atlanta has put together a 7-0 run, capped off by Pero Antic’s second three of the night, to cut Boston’s lead to 13 points.
Second quarter 9:26, Celtics 47-30: The Hawks start the second quarter ice cold, and a Brandon Bass dunk and an Evan Turner three extend the Celtics’ lead to 17 points.
Kelly Olynyk has looked solid off the bench tonight, tallying four points, five assists, two rebounds and two steals in his first six minutes of action.
End first quarter, Celtics 42-30: The Celtics shot an astounding 77.3 percent from the floor in what was their highest-scoring quarter of the season. Jeff Green led the charge, scoring 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting, and nine different Celtics players scored at least one bucket in the frame.
First quarter 4:58, Celtics 26-14: Jeff Green is abusing DeMarre Carroll and now has nine points on 4-of-5 shooting.
Speaking of hot starts, Rajon Rondo has seven assists in seven minutes.
First quarter 6:12, Celtics 20-12: Kyle Korver is one of the NBA’s best 3-point shooters. The Celtics are among the NBA’s worst at defending the three.
That’s not a good combination for the C’s, and Korver has picked up six quick points on two attempts from beyond the arc. Boston has shot the ball well so far (8-for-12), though, and every Atlanta player not named Kyle Korver has not (2-for-8).
A quick start is nothing new for the Celtics. They need to prove that they can maintain it.
First quarter 11:59, 0-0: Game time. Al Horford wins the opening tip for the Hawks, and we are underway.
Fans in Atlanta apparently didn’t get the memo, though.
6 p.m. ET: Brad Stevens apparently liked what he saw from Tyler Zeller on Saturday.
The Boston Celtics head coach has elected to give Zeller the start at center Tuesday night against the Atlanta Hawks. It’s the second straight start for the big man, who got the nod over struggling center Kelly Olynyk in the Celtics’ loss to the San Antonio Spurs.
Zeller compiled a respectable stat line of seven points and 10 rebounds in 23 minutes against the Spurs, while Olynyk, who is mired in a brutal slump after a hot start to the season, managed just three points on 1-of-6 shooting off the bench.
The loss to San Antonio closed out an especially treacherous stretch for the Celtics. They’ve lost seven of their last eight games while playing against some of the best the NBA — and, particularly, the Western Conference — has to offer.
Boston’s December schedule is a bit more manageable, but it begins with matchup against a Hawks team that should not be overlooked. Atlanta has won eight of its last 11 games after the starting the season 1-3 and currently sits in fourth place in the East.
Here are projected starting lineups for Tuesday night:
Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Follow along with all the action right here, and follow NESN.com Celtics beat writer Zack Cox on Twitter for instant updates and analysis.
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