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Isaiah Thomas scores 42 as Celtics climb back into first-round series with 111-103 win over Hawks

Isaiah Thomas scores 42 as Celtics climb back into first-round series with 111-103 win over Hawks

Isaiah Thomas scored a career-high 42 points, and the Boston Celtics held on to defeat the Atlanta Hawks, 111-103, Friday night at Boston in Game 3 of an Eastern Conference first-round series.

Evan Turner, inserted into the starting lineup, had 17 points and seven assists and Amir Johnson added 15 points and seven rebounds for the Celtics, who closed to within 2-1 in the best-of-seven series after losing the first two games in Atlanta.

Playing by far their best first half of the series, Boston led by as many as 20 points before seeing that mostly erased by a 12-0 run by the Hawks in the third quarter.

The Celtics then survived a frenetic fourth quarter that featured...

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