Originally posted on Celtics Life  |  Last updated 5/8/12
Both teams traded double digit leads in this game. The Boston Celtics in the second quarter and the Atlanta Hawks in the third. Neither team enjoyed such a lead in the fourth as the teams traded punches and the game was never far from a one or two possession game for very long. Both Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett scored 16 points for Boston but Al Horford, playing for the second time in months, was the difference in this game - scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds as the led the Hawks to a 87-86 win in Atlanta, forcing a Game 6 in Boston. The Hawks pull within a game of the Celtics in the series, The Hawks came out of a halftime tie by out hustling the Celtics and pulling out to a 12 point lead. However, Boston battled back and closed the quarter on a 10-0 run -including 6 points and 1 assist from Rajon Rondo - to cut the deficit to 2. Rondo finished the game with 13 points, 12 assists and five steals. Boston was able to retake the lead in the fourth but so was Atlanta. It was a back and forth
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