The Atlanta Hawks were eliminated in Game Six of the first round in the Eastern Conference Playoffs by the Boston Celtics by a score of 83-80. The Hawks believed the fresh legs of Al Horford would give them an advantage, while part owner of the Hawks Michael Gearon Jr. was giving the Celtics fuel by calling Kevin Garnett "the dirtiest player in the league." Garnett would respond by hitting the Hawks for 28 points, 14 rebounds and a crucial shot at the end of the game to help the Celtics win.
Atlanta had a shot to take it to Game Seven as Al Horford and Josh Smith led a Hawks run that would allow them to get a 79-76 advantage with less than three minutes left to play in the game. Paul Pierce scored and then Kevin Garnett dropped a basket in with 30 seconds left to play to take the lead. Ray Allen made a free throw to put the Celtics up 81-79. Joe Johnson went to the basket against Paul Pierce and got his shot blocked out of bounds, the Hawks made an inbound pass to Al Horford who was fouled immediately and went to the line for two shots. Al would miss the first one and, for some reason, make the second free throw. That would force Atlanta to foul Paul Pierce and send him to the line, making both free throws and putting the score at 83-80.
For the Hawks, Josh Smith would be the leader with 18 points and nine rebounds. Joe Johnson finished with 17 points, Marvin Williams had a hot hand early and finished with 16 points and eight rebounds. Al Horford scored 15 points to go with nine rebounds.
Kevin Garnett led Boston with the stats recorded earlier in the article. Paul Pierce scored 18 points to go with seven assists and Rajon Rondo had 14 points and eight assists in the Celtics win.
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