The Celtics win a game! The Celtics win a game! The Celtics win a game!
While that may be a bit over the top, Boston's 94-87 win at Atlanta on Saturday was indeed a reason to rejoice.
Not only did it snap their season-long six game losing streak, but it .. oh heck, it snapped their six-game losing streak which is what really matters, right?
"It feels great," Boston's Jared Sullinger told Comcast SportsNet shortly after the win. "Battling every night, taking a loss, it's really tough. For this team's mental mindset to come in and play as hard as we did tonight, it means everything to this team and this organization. We're going to continue to play like that."
Boston trailed by double digits in the fourth quarter before putting together a series of defensive stops and timely shots that catapulted them to a much-needed victory.
While it was far from a flawless performance, it was one of few times this season when they could see their progress result in not only improved play, but a victory.
And with that, we have the Good, the Bad and the Ugly from Boston's first win since their buzzer-beater at Miami on Nov. 9.
He delivered when the Celtics needed the most, tallying a double-double with 12 points, 10 assists and three rebounds. Of his 12 points, 10 came in the fourth quarter.
Still under the weather, Sullinger stepped up with a bunch of strong plays around the basket at both ends of the floor, finishing with 15 points and nine rebounds.
Once again the start of the second half became a first-rate problem for the Boston Celtics. A small four-point deficit going into the third quarter ballooned into a double-digit ditch the Celtics found themselves trying to climb out of.
Points off turnovers
The Celtics once again committed far too many turnovers (19), many of which showed a lack of focus by the Celtics more than anything the Hawks were able to do defensively. Atlanta scored 29 points off of Boston's turnovers compared to the Hawks' miscues only costing them six points.