ATLANTA Al Horford wasn't feeling any pain. Maybe it was the adrenaline. Or possibly he was numb. Most likely he was still in shock.
Some how, some way, the young Atlanta Hawks center shrugged off the rustiness and steadied his legs and found the breath to grind and battle the Boston Celtics for 41 minutes.
And the Hawks needed all of Horford's seconds and every one of his 19 points, 11 rebounds, three blocks, three assists and three steals to take an 87-86 victory on Tuesday night and force Game 6 in this first round series, which the Celtics lead 3-2 heading back to Boston.
"Al Horford was terrific," Boston coach Doc Rivers said.
Indeed he was, even if his lengthy time on the court seemed to surprise even himself. The Hawks needed a jolt, and they received it in the form of a massive dose of Horford.
"Al Horford was absolutely huge," Hawks coach Larry Drew said. "His ability to move around at times when we were forced to make switches on defense, and his foot speed enabled h...