Celtics falter late, fall to Hawks in Atlanta

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ATLANTA — At least the Celtics know this type of collapse can only occur four more times.

The script is getting tired for an exhausted and frustrated team as winds down a disheartening season. They play well enough to win, need to execute a couple of more minutes to seal it, and then seemingly discover ways to waste leads and lose games.

Wednesday night at Philips Arena may have been the most egregious offense of all. They led by 9 points with 5:44 left against Hawks team that had lost all of its offensive cohesion and looked befuddled.

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