The final score of the Atlanta Hawks' series-tilting 110-83 win over the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of their series suggests that the game was one-sided and the result was rarely in doubt. Yet the margin of victory does not communicate the depths of the Celtics' disappointing performance in this pivotal game, because they very easily could have taken control of the contest early and moved towards a blowout of their own. Instead, they head home down 3-2 and face elimination in Game 6 at TD Garden on Thursday night.
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It's remarkable that the Hawks were able to win so handily given their early struggles. Atlanta scored just 19 points in the first 18 minutes of the game, breaking 20 right at the 6:00 mark of the second quarter on a Paul Millsap lay-up. That bucket ended a terrible offensive stretch for the Hawks, who opened the game shooting 6-of-34 (17.6 percent) from the fieldRead More »from Hawks clobber Celtics in Game 5 despite major early scoring woes