Celtics (19-5) vs. Hawks (16-12)
Wednesday, December 5, 1979
The Celtics returned home and received a beat-down from Hubie Brown’s Hawks. The 120-92 loss marked the sixth game in eight nights for the C’s, and Atlanta took advantage of the Celtics’ tired legs. Boston was competitive for a quarter, only trailing, 25-24, after the first twelve minutes. The Hawks’ onslaught started when Eddie Johnson and Tom McMillen teamed up for 24 points in the second quarter, and the C’s never recovered from a 21-point halftime deficit. The Celtics had used the Garden as an extraordinary resource all season, and this was only their first home loss of the season.
Tree Rollins, who would become more acquainted with the Celtics fan base later in his career, dominated the paint with six blocked shots. [This short clip from the '86 Celtics-Hawks series covers so much: it touches on the Rollins-Ainge incident (which was unquestionably more physical than the recent Rajon Rondo-Kris Hump...