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January 1, 2014

Celtics come up one point short

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Boston had two shots to win after Shelvin Mack missed a layup in the final minute, but couldn’t convert. Jordan Crawford missed with about eight seconds remaining and Boston ended up with the rebound and called time out. Crawford tried again at the buzzer but his shot bounced off the backboard.

“I felt like it was a good opportunity. Jordan lives for that,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said. “I think he’ll probably beat himself up over it, but that’s OK. We play again on Thursday.”

Kelly Olynyk scored a career-high 21 points and Kris Humphries had 18 points and 10 rebounds as Boston’s reserves scored 56 — more than half of the team’s total. None of Boston’s starters scored in double figures.

Brandon Bass was closest with nine points and Jared Sullinger pulled down 10 rebounds.

The lead went back-and-forth down the stretch until Atlanta clinched it in the final minutes. After Millsap put the Hawks up 90-89, Crawford answered with a long jumper that beat the shot clock and put Boston back up 91-90 with 1:36 left. It was the last field goal of the game.

Teague drew a foul with 1:30 left and made both shots and the Hawks held on for the win.

The Celtics led 23-20 after the first and opened second on a 19-4 run for a 42-24 lead. Atlanta responded by scoring the last 15 points of the period and then opened the third quarter with a 10-4 run and took a 54-48 lead on a layup by Teague. Olynyk started Boston on a 9-0 run with a 3-pointer, then Crawford converted a three-point play and added a 3-pointer to put the Celtics up 57-54.

Korver’s streak appeared to be in jeopardy through the third period after he missed his first five attempts from beyond-the-arc. His sixth was good, though, and he drew a foul for a four-point play that pulled the Hawks within 83-76 with 6:10 remaining.

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