Thomas logged his first double-double of the season, contributing 10 assists to his already-impressive scoring total. He shot 8-for-18 from the floor and 4-for-9 from deep, hitting consecutive threes late to seal the victory.
The Hawks — who entered with an 8-2 record — kept things close throughout, but ultimately failed to repel Boston’s second-half surge. They were led by Paul Millsap‘s 14 and Al Horford‘s 13, though they had six players in all reach double-digits.
The Celtics improve to 4-4 with the win — arguably their best of the young schedule.
Turning Point: The Celtics pulled away with a strong performance in the third quarter, out-scoring Atlanta 35-24 to break a halftime tie. Thomas headlined the rally with 11 points in the period, followed closely by eight from both Amir Johnson and Kelly Olynyk.
Doing His Job: Jared Sullinger joined Thomas in recording a double-double of his own — 10 points and 10 rebounds in 23 minutes. Sullinger never seemed to take control when he was on the court, but his consistency was nonetheless enough to gain attention.
A Step in the Wrong Direction: Following a 20-point outing against the Pacers on Wednesday, Evan Turner scored just five points on 2-for-11 — missing each of his three three-point tries while failing to net a steal. Turner earned some redemption with a clutch jumper at the four-minute mark, but that was about it for his highlights on the evening.
Next Up: The Celtics head to Oklahoma City for a meeting with the Thunder on Sunday, their first matchup outside of the Eastern Conference this year. Tip-off is at 7:00 p.m. ET, with CSN-New England and Fox Sports-Oklahoma calling the action.
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