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Crawford, Hawks surge past Celtics

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

ATLANTA -- Al Horford capped his 35th double-double with a key tip-in with 7.9 seconds remaining and the Atlanta Hawks surged in the fourth quarter to beat the travel-weary Boston Celtics 88-83 on Friday night.

The Hawks' lead was only three points when Horford tipped in a miss by Joe Johnson.

Jamal Crawford had 20 points and Johnson had 19 despite making only 4 of 20 shots from the field. Horford had 16 points and 15 rebounds.

The Celtics arrived in Atlanta at 4 a.m. Friday following Thursday night's 107-97 win at San Antonio. Boston's players appeared to tire late in the game after taking a 60-48 lead in the third quarter.

Paul Pierce led Boston with 25 points. Rajon Rondo had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Kevin Garnett had 10 points and 10 rebounds.