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May 09, 2012
Jim Davis/Globe Staff
Rajon Rondo and the Celtics failed to close out the Hawks in Game 5 on Tuesday. Their 87-86 loss forced another game in Boston on Thursday.
Rondo collided with Atlanta's Al Horford and could not get off a shot in the game's closing seconds.
Seconds earlier, the Celtics missed another opportunity when Paul Pierce couldn't get this shot to fall.
The win gave life to Josh Smith and the Hawks, who now trail 3-2 in the series.
Rondo fell over the scorer's table after he hit a three-pointer that tied the game at 40-40 just before halftime.
Boston's Avery Bradley lost the ball in the first half when he ran into Smith.
Horford, who had a game-high 19 points, slammed home two of them with this second-half dunk.
Mickael Pietrus, Pierce and the Celtics will now look to close out the series on their home court.