Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/9/12
ATLANTA -- Marvin Williams, Josh Smith, Al Horford and Joe Johnson have been together since 2008 through good and bad times. The Atlanta Hawks stalwarts have been lampooned nationally and questioned by local media and fans, a lot of whom think it's time for the team's core to be broken up. However, with a 87-86 win over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday, the group will live to fight for at least another game. The Hawks sliced the Celtics' lead to 3-2 in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round playoff series. Game 6 will be played Thursday in Boston. Game 7, if necessary, would be back in Atlanta on Saturday. Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo had a chance to close out the Hawks in the final seconds when he stole the ball from Smith on an inbounds play, but Rondo was unable to get off a shot. Atlanta center Horford, in only his second game back from a torn pectoral muscle suffered in the first month of the regular season, scored a game-high 19 points and added 11 rebounds. ...
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