9. The Heartbreaker
Boston Celtics @ Atlanta Hawks - January 13, 2017
Celtics win, 103-101
The day after this game happened, there's no way this would've made any of my top 10 list. But looking back at it today, it would be wrong to not include this game on the list. It was a great game and one of the most memorable games of the season.
Before the game even started, there was a MAJOR hype surrounding it for Hawks fans. It was Al Horford's first game back in Philips Arena, since he left in free agency, and the first time the Celtics and Hawks played after their match up in the playoffs. It was also the debut of the blue and green, Pistol Pete jerseys. People were excited about this game, and it didn't disappoint.
Let's begin in the third quarter. With three minutes left in the third, Boston had a 20 point lead after a 20-5 run, that seemingly put the game away. However, the Hawks battled back and shaved the game back down to single digits thanks to the play off the bench by Tim Hardaway Jr., who recorded 15 points in the fourth. A corner three from Mike Dunleavy brought Atlanta to within two with 2:11 remaining in the game, and with 25 seconds left, Millsap knocked down a wide-open three to tie the game at 101! Then, well......... you know the rest.
The end result was truly heartbreaking, but this was without a doubt one of the best games of the year. #AtlantaHawks #AtlHawks #TrueToAtlanta