Joe Johnson single-handledly beat the Celtics tonight. He torched the C’s defense for 20 points in the fourth quarter (35 total) as the Hawks overcame a 10 pt deficit and won 97-92. After all the taunting and excessive celebration following Game 3, nearly everyone expected the Celtics to bitch-slap Atlanta tonight. But everytime the Celtics made a run (1st and 3rd quarters), the Hawks responded with a run of their own. It was downright embarassing. All the talk about Paul Pierce making Al Horford pay for the taunt? He shot 5-14 FG (4-8 FT) which included one crucial missed lay-up late in the fourth. The Celtics are in serious danger of blowing this series.
The Punk of the Night Award goes to the Hawks Zsa Zsa Pachulia. Let’s see if he gets suspended for that headbutt on Kevin Garnett.