Porzingis and White lead Celtics to a 125-117 victory over Hawks

Kristaps Porzingis scored 31 points, Derrick White had 12 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, and the Boston Celtics defeated the Atlanta Hawks 125-117 on Wednesday night.

Jayson Tatum finished with 20 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists as the Celtics advanced to 24-3 at home and won their sixth consecutive game over the Hawks. Al Horford scored 14 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists, while Jaylen Brown ended with 15 points.

“When we’re playing like that and we’re moving it like that, I just think that puts us in a different dimension offensively,” he added. “We have so many weapons out there that it becomes very tough to defend us.”

Brown was the only Boston starter who did not make a three-pointer as the Celtics shot 17 for 49 from beyond the arc, including 9 of 16 in the fourth quarter to beat the Hawks.

Saddiq Bey led Atlanta with 25 points. Trae Young led the Hawks with 20 points and 10 assists, while Jalen Johnson and Onyeka Okongwu each scored 19 points. Atlanta finished with a 49-45 rebounding advantage and only nine turnovers compared to Boston’s 14, but they were unable to overcome the Celtics’ 52.7% (49-93) shooting from the floor.

“When you shoot, you’re going to have to make some shots against a team like Boston that shoots so well,” Atlanta coach Quin Snyder said.

Atlanta had won four consecutive games before falling 149-144 to the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night. The Hawks remained within seven points during the first three quarters, but were unable to overcome a Celtics surge early in the fourth.

Atlanta also struggled from the perimeter, making only four of seventeen three-pointers in the second half.

“I believed the glances we got from three were clean. “The ball just didn’t accommodate us,” Snyder explained.

The Hawks fought to go within five in the last minute, but it was too late to complete the comeback.

“I thought the way we played the game tonight was kind of how I like our approach to be,” Boston coach Joe Mazzulla said. “We never wanted it to be over. We never wanted things to be a little easier. We basically played the game and kept chipping away at it, thinking that was the space we had to live in.

White nailed three 3-pointers in the opening four minutes of the fourth quarter and was 4 for 5 from long range for the period. With 8:01 remaining, his third 3-pointer of the quarter increased Boston’s lead to 109-98, its largest of the game. He added another from beyond as Boston extended its advantage to 13.

“I felt that when we truly needed to split, we did. “We got some key stops, and then our guys made some big shots,” Horford said.

Brown returned after missing Sunday’s game due to a back ailment, but the Celtics were without Jrue Holiday, who had a sprained right elbow.

Clint Capela, the Hawks’ centre, missed his second consecutive game due to a muscular strain in his left hip.

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