Watch Atlanta block 15 Boston shots, cruise to win


The Hawks’ defense intentionally packed the paint Tuesday night — they were not giving up easy, uncontested buckets near the rim. Boston was going to have to nail jump shots (they didn’t) because the paint was going to be a no-fly zone.

The result was Atlanta blocking 15 Boston shots on the night. Al Horford had five and Paul Millsap four to lead the way. For the game, Boston shot just 36 percent inside three feet of the rim.

Atlanta held Boston to seven first-quarter points and led by double digits almost the entire game to go up 2-0 in the best-of-seven series that now heads to Boston for Game 3.