Hawks sneak out win against Celtics to force a Game 6

BOSTON, Mass. — The Atlanta Hawks are still alive in the NBA playoffs after pulling off a late-game 119-117 win against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night.

After they trailed for most of the game, Trae Young and the Hawks came back to take the lead and pull out a win in Boston. Young hit the game-deciding 30-foot three-pointer with 2.1 seconds left in the game.

Young finished the game with 38 points and 13 assists.

The Hawks won despite missing Dejounte Murray, who was suspended for the game after he exchanged words with a referee and bumped into him after the Hawks’ 129-121 loss in Game 4.

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Tuesday’s Game 5 win helps them lower Boston’s lead in the 3-2, best-of-seven series.

A loss on Tuesday would have knocked the Hawks out of the playoffs.


The Hawks and Celtics are heading back to Atlanta for Game 6 scheduled for Thursday at 8:30 p.m.

On that same night, Janet Jackson was scheduled for a concert. State Farm Arena released a statement following the win, saying that it will ensure all events work out fine for guests:

“This is such an exciting time for the city with world-class events between Hawks Playoff basketball, Janet Jackson and Taylor Swift in downtown Atlanta. We are committed to ensuring all of our guests have a great night out at each of our events and are working with our partners to provide the most seamless experience possible,” State Farm Arena Executive Vice President of Arena Programming Trey Feazell.

Jackson’s previously scheduled Thursday concert will move to Friday, State Farm Arena and the Hawks announced.

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