Celtics Fall To Lowly Hawks
Taurean Prince went off for a game-high 33 points as the 24-57 Hawks beat the Celtics 112-106 Sunday at TD Garden.
Prince scored eight points in the fourth quarter, but his biggest play of the quarter was a perfect bounce pass to a cutting Dewayne Dedmon with 1:01 remaining. Dedmon cut baseline, caught the pass and slammed home a dunk to give the Hawks a two-point lead.
Atlanta went on to score the game’s next six points.
Terry Rozier logged 26 minutes for the Celtics, nearly posting a triple-double with 10 points, nine assists and a team-high eight rebounds. Rozier didn't have the opportunity to complete the triple-double, as he didn't play a minute of the fourth quarter. Everyone on the team played fewer than 30 minutes.
It was Rozier's best performance since coming back from an ankle injury that caused him to sit out last week's game against Milwaukee. In his first two games since the injury, Rozier scored just a combined nine points.
Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 19 points. Semi Ojeleye scored a career-high 13, and Greg Monroe came off the bench to score 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting.
The 54-26 Celtics have a firm grasp on second place in the Eastern Conference with just two regular season games remaining. Boston will visit the Wizards Tuesday and wrap it up against the Nets Wednesday at TD Garden.