Boston Celtics extend losing streak to six after loss to Atlanta Hawks

The Atlanta Hawks handed the Boston Celtics their sixth straight loss Friday night in double overtime.

The Hawks won 123-111 by overcoming a 27 point deficit in the first half. Kyle Korver had 27 points, Jeff Teague 23 points before he fouled out in overtime, and Al Horford had 24 points.

The Celtics are now (20-23) and in the longest losing streak in six years.

The Associated Press reports that Paul Pierce said, ”We’ve got to have some sort of discipline. That’s the key word for us. It is cause for concern. We’ve got to come in with the mindset to play for 48 minutes.”

The Celtics did not play poorly. They dominated most of the first half as they were up by 27. Kevin Garnett had 24 points and 10 rebounds and Rajon Rondo had his fifth triple-double this season with 6 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.

“When we had a chance to put this game away, we didn’t do that. We gave this team life. Korver came out, he got hot and obviously we couldn’t turn it off. When we got teams down, man, we gotta step on them. We gotta figure out ways to come out and finish the game,” Garnett said, reports boston.com.

The starters did not have a good night and were definitely part of the problem. The Celtics were outscored by 30 points while Pierce was in the game, 22 with Avery Bradley, 20 with Rondo, and 19 with Garnett.

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