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Hawks oust Celtics ... bring on LeBron

After eliminating the Celtics, the Hawks believe they are better equipped defensively to handle LeBron James and his Cavaliers this time around.

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Hawks finish off Celtics with Game 6 win

The Hawks get their first postseason win in Boston since 1988 to finish off their first round series over the Celtics.

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Isaiah Thomas: "I ride with these guys until the wheels fall off. This is a special group. Hopefully we can all stick together and have something special in the future. I love those guys in the locker room. Hopefully we can keep this together."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Teague on if the Hawks are a better defensive team this time around against Cavs than in East Finals last year: "We were slowing up when we came into the series last year. I think we reached our peak kind of early and right now, we are still growing defensively and getting a lot better. I think the offense will catch up with it."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Isaiah Thomas with red eyes at podium. Seems emotional with end of season.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Korver echoing what many Hawks are saying: that they're a better team, especially defensively, this time around than they were last year against Cavs in East finals.

Dave Tuley @ViewFromVegas

Hawks beat Celtics 104-92: ViewFromVegas is they covered as 3-point road faves, it stayed under 198.5 and Hawks were -165 series favorites

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

Hawks beat Celtics 104-92 to clinch series 4-2. The ViewFromVegas is they also covered as 3-point road favorites and the game stayed under 198.5 as both teams dribbled out last possessions. The Westgate SuperBook had the Hawks as -165 series favorites before the playoffs started.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Hawks 104, Celtics 92: A season in which Boston won 48 games and challenged for a top seed in the Eastern Conference ends with a Game 6 loss to the Hawks. A first-round playoff exit will sting, even if Boston was never long for the postseason. The future is bright, particularly if the pingpong balls bounce Boston's way on May 17. The team has its current core under control, but has the cap space for a bigger summer overhaul. It's now up to Danny Ainge and his staff to build a roster capable of competing for a bigger prize.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Atlanta had to sweat a tad after seeing a 28-point lead drop to 10 late. But the Hawks had an answer for every Celtic run and do something they've never done -- win a playoff clincher in Boston. Atlanta advances to a reunion with LeBron James with a Game 6 104-92 win over Celtics. Second-round series against Cavs begins on Monday in Cleveland.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics won't go quietly. Despite trailing by as much as 28, Boston rallied within 12 with 3:16 to play. As was often the case in this series, the team might have simply dug itself too big of a hole to claw itself out.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Since Celtics got within 73-59, Hawks have outscored Boston 16-2 and now lead 89-61. Atlanta is 10:27 away from snapping 10-game playoff losing streak in Boston and moving on to a playoff reunion with LeBron James.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Just when Celtics look like they're making a dent into Hawks' lead, slicing a 22-point deficit to 14, Atlanta scores last seven points of third. Boston surrendered an alley-oop layup, Marcus Smart had a very bad turnover and Jared Sullinger was called for a bad offensive foul setting a screen in the backcourt on Dennis Schroder to help Atlanta take 80-59 lead into fourth.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Hawks 78, Celtics 59 (end 3rd): Twelve minutes to go in Boston's season. Celtics could never sustain a third-quarter charge. Boston shooting only 32.4 percent; Hawks at 52.5 percent.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics trim 20-point deficit to 16. Mike Budenholzer calls timeout to calm crowd down and settle Hawks. Atlanta better not fall in love taking three-pointers while trying to hold onto lead. Hawks, who have had trouble holding onto leads, have been good attacking this quarter.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Isaiah Thomas got hit by a Hawks' hand to head on drive with no call. Thomas immediately yelled at ref and drew a technical. Hawks up 59-41 with 7:17 left. Danger zone time for Boston.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Great sign for Hawks -- Al Horford has hit two perimeter shots in a row, a three and a pump fake and dribble mid-range jumper. Hawks also continue to play stifling defense, up 56-38 with 8:13 left in third.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics down 17. Speaking of 17, the pingpong balls dance at the NBA Draft lottery on May 17.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Hawks 41, Celtics 33 (halftime): Boston has to feel lucky to be within eight. The Celtics shot a mere 27.7 percent (13 of 47) and 17.6 percent beyond the 3-point arc (3 of 17). Isaiah Thomas posted a team-high 9 points on just 3-of-11 shooting (he added five assists). Hawks haven't shot the ball great, but 42.5 percent (17 of 40) looks pretty solid compared to Boston's struggles.