Celtics Wrap: Boston Crushes Hawks 129-108, Pushes Win Streak To Eight

The Boston Celtics are firing on all cylinders.
Boston extended its winning streak to eight games Friday by hammering the lowly Atlanta Hawks 129-108 at TD Garden.
The C’s scored 42 points in the first quarter, but let the Hawks back into the game, holding just an 11-point lead at the break. But Boston scored 41 more points in the third quarter to put Atlanta out of its misery. The Hawks were careless with the ball all night and the Celtics took advantage, scoring 42 points off turnovers. Boston also knocked down 19 3-pointers in the demolition of the Hawks.
Kyrie Irving led the C’s with 24 points, while Jayson Tatum (22), Marcus Morris (20), Gordon Hayward (19) and Daniel Theis (18) also scored in double figures.
With the win, the Celtics improve to 18-10, while the Hawks fell to 6-22.
Here’s how it all went down:
PG: Kyrie Irving
SG: Marcus Smart
SF: Jayson Tatum
PF: Marcus Morris
C: Aron Baynes
Boston took it to the Hawks early, starting the game on a 13-3 run over the first 3:05 of the game, capped by an Irving 3-pointer that forced Atlanta to call timeout.
The timeout didn’t help the Hawks, as Boston continued to pour it on, extending its lead to 23-5 midway through the quarter.
Irving was cooking early.

Kyrie's a magician. pic.twitter.com/LPdghwpIUx
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) December 15, 2018

Atlanta cut the lead to 10 with a quick 8-0 run, but the C’s finished the opening stanza on a 19-6 burst to take a 42-19 lead into the second quarter.
Boston shot 72.7 percent (!!!) in the first quarter, led by 12 from Irving and nine from Morris. Kevin Huerter paced the Hawks with six.
Despite being thoroughly outplayed in the first quarter, Atlanta didn’t quit.
The Hawks opened the second stanza on a 23-5 run to cut the C’s lead to five with 5:13 remaining in the frame. Atlanta’s flurry included a 19-0 spurt.

Ball never touched the floor. 19-0 run. pic.twitter.com/P9RWMftZPW
— FOX Sports: Hawks (@HawksOnFSSE) December 15, 2018

Boston finally started to right the ship, going on a 9-4 run to push the lead back to 10 with under four to play. Hayward scored seven of the C’s 10 points during the spell.

Now that's how you move the ball. pic.twitter.com/gED6JgkwZh

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— Boston Celtics (@celtics) December 15, 2018

Boston maintained its lead for the remainder of the period, taking a 67-56 lead into the break.
Irving was the high man with 16 in the half, while Hayward added 14 and Morris scored 12. Huerter led the Hawks with 12.
Boston put its poor second quarter behind it quickly, as the Celtics opened the third on a quick 10-0 run.
First, Tatum drilled a midrange J, then Irving knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers before Morris capped the run with a layup off a smooth dish from Smart.

Smart makes it happen on defense, and Irving knocks down the shot at the other end. pic.twitter.com/jOTV9TAv4k
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) December 15, 2018

The Celtics continued to assert their will throughout the third quarter, with rookie center Robert Williams III recording highlights on both ends of the floor.

Irving Williams pic.twitter.com/RYNCYtNsWF
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Is there a shot that RWIII can't block? pic.twitter.com/xZpQFP0PXt
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) December 15, 2018

The Celtics finished the third quarter leading 108-82. Tatum scored 15 points in the frame, while Irving and Morris added eight points apiece in the stanza.
Irving led all scorers with 24 points after three. Huerter continued to be the Hawks’ best offensive option, as the rookie had 19 through three.
The Hawks were unable to make a dent in Boston’s lead early in the frame, causing both teams to go to their bench for most of the frame.

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— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) December 15, 2018

The Celtics will take the floor next Saturday when they visit the Detroit Pistons. Tip-off from Little Caesars Arena is set for 7 p.m. ET.