The Atlanta Hawks beat the Boston Celtics 89-72 in an ugly, low-scoring affair Tuesday night.

Atlanta blocked a franchise-best 15 shots in a Playoff game, and the C’s simply couldn’t make a shot as they fell into a 0-2 series hole.

Kyle Korver broke out of his shooting slump and made four three-pointers in the opening stanza.

Per the AP:

“We all have pride, right?” said Korver, who went 1 of 10 on Saturday and missed all seven of his 3-point attempts. “I wanted to come out and play better the second game.”

 

As good as Korver and the Hawks were in the early going, this one will be remembered more for the Celtics’ grisly start. They scored just seven points over the first 12 minutes, the lowest-scoring opening quarter in a playoff game since the NBA went to a shot clock in 1954. […] “I don’t know what it is,” said Boston’s Jae Crowder, looking a bit shell-shocked after scoring just two points on 1-of-9 shooting, “but we’ve got to change something.”

 

According to STATS, the previous record for fewest points in an opening playoff quarter during the shot-clock era was eight, set by Utah in 1988 against the Los Angeles Lakers and matched by Dallas in 2010 at San Antonio. […] It was also Boston’s lowest-scoring playoff quarter — any quarter — since the NBA was founded in 1949.