Hawks Force Celtics to Game 7

Joe Johnson's three-pointer with a minute remaining holds up
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2008 11:21 PM CDT
Hawks Force Celtics to Game 7
Atlanta Hawks forward Marvin Williams (24) celebrates as Boston Celtics forward James Posey (41) and Celtics guard Rajon Rondo leave the court after the Hawks won Game 6 Friday in Atlanta.   (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)

Atlanta just won't let go of its first trip to the postseason in nine years. The playoff team with the worst record did it again to the team with the best mark, forcing an improbable Game 7 with the Boston Celtics, as Joe Johnson hit a crucial 3-pointer with 1:07 remaining and the Hawks held on for a 103-100 victory Friday.

"Seven! Seven! Seven!" chanted the Philips Arena crowd. Marvin Williams led the Hawks with 18 points despite missing much of the fourth quarter with a sprained left knee. Kevin Garnett had 22 for the Celtics and Ray Allen added 20, but Paul Pierce - the other member of Boston's Big Three - fouled out on a disputed call in the fourth quarter. (Read more 2008 NBA playoffs stories.)

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