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Hawks close out 1st half with disappointing loss to Celtics

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The Atlanta Hawks saw an 18 point lead disappear and fall to the Boston Celtics 89-88 to close out the first half of the season.

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Evan Turner's floater in the lane with just 0.2 remaining completed a second half comeback by the Boston Celtics and sent the Atlanta Hawks into the All-Star break with an 89-88 loss.

Atlanta led by as many as 18 points but was outscored 55-39 in the second half. Jared Sullinger scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half including 11 in the third quarter. The Hawks led by as many as 14 points in the fourth quarter but Boston ended the game with a 24-9 run to steal the victory.

Al Horford led Atlanta with 22 points and 12 rebounds. DeMarre Carroll added 14 points but was just 4-15 from the field. Paul Millsap chipped in 11 while Jeff Teague finished with 10 points and eight assists. The Hawks shot 42 percent in the game but were just 7-29 from three-point range and 15-23 from the free throw line. Millsap and Kyle Korver each missed free throws in the game's final moments.

Sullinger's 17 points led the Celtics while Marcus Thornton added 14 off the bench. Turner finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and nine assists.

Atlanta was out rebounded for the fifth time in the last six games by a 56-44 margin. The Celtics grabbed 16 offensive rebounds and converted 23 second chance points.

The Hawks head into the All-Star break with a 43-11 record and a 6.5 game lead over the Toronto Raptors.