Evan Turner's last-second runner to beat the Hawks did more than just raise eyebrows across the NBA on Wednesday; it also could go a long way in helping his Celtics get into the playoffs.

Turner hit a running one-handed shot with 0.2 seconds remaining to give the Celtics a stunning 89-88 home victory over the Eastern Conference leaders. The fourth-year guard finished with 12 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in the win.

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Turner was one of five players in double figures for the Celtics, who shot 92 percent from the free-throw line. The Hawks had a rare off night from the charity stripe by hitting only 15 of their 23 attempts.

While the Celtics' 20-31 record heading into the All-Star break is far from pretty, it still puts them just 1 1/2 games behind the Hornets and Heat (22-30) for the final playoff spot in an extremely top-heavy East. With the victory over the Hawks, the Celtics have won seven of their last 12 games.

And the upset of one of the NBA's best could be a huge momentum boost for a team suddenly fighting for a postseason berth. Four of the Celtics' next five games after the break are against teams with losing records.

After everything is said and done this season, Turner's heroics

against Atlanta could be viewed as a turning point.

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