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2012 NBA Playoffs, Celtics Vs. Hawks: C's Beat Hawks In 'Ugly' Game Three

The Boston Celtics defeated the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night, taking a 2-1 series lead in the first round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs. Rajon Rondo recorded his 20th career triple double, but 7-22 from the floor and turned the ball over six times. Jeff Clark, from Celtics Blog, calls the game "ugly" – multiple times.

Ugly ugly ugly. It took overtime to break 80 points. There are some games where you get great defense. Some nights it is just bad offense. Then other nights it is just being unlucky. Tonight was a perfect storm of all three.

Kris Willis, from Peachtree Hoops, talks about moral victories:

... there is little time at this point in the season for moral victories not that this Hawks team is deserving of such at any rate. This team has long since moved past being the squad that hung their heads in four blow out losses to the Orlando Magic. What does remain for this team is to prove that they can grind it out with a quality playoff opponent and capture a win especially on the road.

Game four is scheduled for Sunday.

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