--If the Hawks show any of the guts, togetherness and fearlessness they showed in rallying from that nine-point deficit Friday, a Game 7 win could be a very real possibility."Our confidence here at home is out of control," said Hawks rookie center Al Horford, who had 16 points, five rebounds, four assists and three blocks. "I really felt comfortable that we were going to pull it all together, get the stops we needed and do what we had to do. We have to develop that same swagger on the road, and there is no better time to do that than right now. We have to be able to come in and play with that nastiness that we need to win."
--The Hawks got that nastiness Friday from Marvin Williams, who jumpstarted the comeback by making back-to-back baskets to give the Hawks an 83-82 lead with 11 minutes to play. Williams left the floor with nine minutes to play in the game with a mildly sprained left knee, the result of a collision with Celtics captain Paul Pierce, and will be listed as doubtful for Game 7.
But before his injury Williams played his best game of the series, piling up 18 points and four rebounds, leading six Hawks in double figures. He shot 6-for-9 from the floor, 6-for-6 from the free throw line and dueled Pierce to a standstill up to that point.
"This was the game I knew I needed to have if we were going to keep this series going," Williams said. "We all came through and did the unthinkable. Now we get to see if we can do it again in Game 7."
--There were two yellow T-shirts with "We Believe" emblazoned across the chest hanging in empty locker stalls in the Hawks' locker room before the game.
Guard Josh Childress said he was told they were inspirational gifts from someone in Oakland, Calif., home of the last No. 8 seed (Golden State) to upset a No. 1 seed (Dallas) in the first round of the playoffs (last season).
"I don't know who got 'em here," Childress said. "But that's a good look."
The Warriors, who missed the Western Conference playoff field this season, will continue to serve as the patron saints of playoff underdogs until another team pulls off the feat.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "They hung in there. They did not act like a young team at the end." -- Boston coach Doc Rivers on the grit the young Hawks showed late in the game Friday night.