Celtics

Final: Celtics 114, Hawks 105 — C’s overcome 16-point deficit, Smart ejection in comeback win

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The Celtics snapped a four-game road losing streak despite missing Gordon Hayward (personal) and Marcus Smart (ejection) for the final 18 minutes, coming back from an 16-point first half deficit to pull away with a 114-105 win.

Boston outscored Atlanta 53-38 in the second half behind some terrific shot-making by Kyrie Irving (team-high 32 minutes) and terrific defensive energy from the second unit. Terry Rozier (team-high 11 rebounds, three steals) was the forefront of the comeback once Marcus Smart was ejected for charging DeAndre Bembry following a verbal altercation in the third quarter.

The Celtics have now won three straight games overall and improved to 4-5 on the season on the second half of back-to-backs. They will go for their fourth straight win back in Boston on Monday night against the Heat.