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Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Just when Celtics look like they're making a dent into Hawks' lead, slicing a 22-point deficit to 14, Atlanta scores last seven points of third. Boston surrendered an alley-oop layup, Marcus Smart had a very bad turnover and Jared Sullinger was called for a bad offensive foul setting a screen in the backcourt on Dennis Schroder to help Atlanta take 80-59 lead into fourth.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Hawks 78, Celtics 59 (end 3rd): Twelve minutes to go in Boston's season. Celtics could never sustain a third-quarter charge. Boston shooting only 32.4 percent; Hawks at 52.5 percent.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics trim 20-point deficit to 16. Mike Budenholzer calls timeout to calm crowd down and settle Hawks. Atlanta better not fall in love taking three-pointers while trying to hold onto lead. Hawks, who have had trouble holding onto leads, have been good attacking this quarter.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Isaiah Thomas got hit by a Hawks' hand to head on drive with no call. Thomas immediately yelled at ref and drew a technical. Hawks up 59-41 with 7:17 left. Danger zone time for Boston.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Great sign for Hawks -- Al Horford has hit two perimeter shots in a row, a three and a pump fake and dribble mid-range jumper. Hawks also continue to play stifling defense, up 56-38 with 8:13 left in third.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics down 17. Speaking of 17, the pingpong balls dance at the NBA Draft lottery on May 17.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Hawks 41, Celtics 33 (halftime): Boston has to feel lucky to be within eight. The Celtics shot a mere 27.7 percent (13 of 47) and 17.6 percent beyond the 3-point arc (3 of 17). Isaiah Thomas posted a team-high 9 points on just 3-of-11 shooting (he added five assists). Hawks haven't shot the ball great, but 42.5 percent (17 of 40) looks pretty solid compared to Boston's struggles.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

This time it's the Celtics who are the home team shooting ice cold. Boston missed 28-of-its-first-37 shots and has made only 3-of-14 treys with six minutes left in second quarter.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Hawks 20, Celtic 17 (end 1st): Jonas Jerebko carrying Boston early on both ends of the floor. He's got eight points and had a loud late-first quarter swat of Dennis Schroder. Celtics shooting a mere 29 percent (7 of 24). Kent Bazemore and Tim Hardaway Jr. with five points apiece.

Michael Wallace ESPN Staff Writer 

The NBA's officials report for the final 2 minutes of the Heat's Game 5 loss to Charlotte didn't go Miami's way with regard to the late non-call on Dwyane Wade. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said it's time to move on to focus exclusively on Game 6 Friday in Charlotte.

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Jonas Jerebko barking at Dennis Schorder with a "Get that s— out" after the late first-quarter block.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston fans were so appreciative of seeing Bill Russell in attendance on the JumboTron that the Celtics showed Russell twice during same timeout. And Russell cracked a smile and waved after the second wave of cheers.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Paul Millsap is doing his best Mutombo impression. The Hawks forward already has three blocks, a couple of them emphatic swats, in eight minutes. Hawks are practically contesting everything in the paint and Isaiah Thomas draws a crowd of two to three Hawks each time he drives into paint.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill Russell on JumboTron.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

During lineup introductions, Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas stands alone in corner and team points at him as he is called. Says it's his quiet time to reflect before game.

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Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

The crowd here at TD Garden was hyped way before tipoff with pregame video showing Celtics history. Fans sang latter part of national anthem in unison aloud.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's an interesting quote from Carmelo Anthony, via SI Now, on if he's in Phil Jackson's long-term plans for the Knicks: "I think so. I think so. That was a situation where I really sat down and looked him in the eye man to man and he told me that. That's the only thing I can go off of," he told SI's Maggie Gray. "Another man sitting in front of me and telling me what he feels, what he likes and what's his plan. That's the only thing that I can really go off of. Now if you go back on that word and for me to look another man in their eye and (they lie), then that's a different story."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's Carmelo Anthony on why he can be an asset in free agency: "When it comes down to the players, I think I have a little more control over that," he told ESPN while promoting a Gillette event in Manhattan. "I know how to get in contact and speak with the players directly. If it's somebody that they want me to go out and talk to, I know how to get to them directly and speak to them on a level that they feel confident and comfortable speaking on. Not just come to an interview, sit and talk to the execs. I'll talk to you from our experiences as an athlete, those experiences. So you can relate to me, I can relate to you. But (potential free agents) don't need to lie to you. If you're interested, you're interested. If you're not, you're not."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics going big tonight: Bill Russell courtside for Game 6 vs. Hawks.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's Carmelo Anthony on why he still believes in Phil Jackson: "I don't really know what's happening as far as the coaching decisions and the players. At this point, I still have to believe in what Phil is doing. I can't say that I don't believe in him no more, this is over with. I still have to believe in him. I'm here, I still want to be here. I still want to be successful so I don't have no other choice but to believe in what's his plan."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Alex Rodriguez in the house at TD Garden for Hawks-Celtics Game 6.