Final Score: Boston 118, Atlanta 107
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Paul Pierce recorded a triple-double with 20
points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, as the Boston Celtics held off the Atlanta
Jeff Green added 27 points for the Celtics, who sit 1 1/2 games behind Atlanta
for sixth place in the Eastern Conference. Jason Terry made five 3-pointers en
route to 24 points.
Brandon Bass donated 13 points for Boston, which has won two in a row since a
Mike Scott and Josh Smith ended with 19 and 18 points, respectively, for the
Hawks, who went 2-2 on a four-game road trip. Jeff Teague tallied 17 points
and seven assists.
Anthony Tolliver had 14 points and seven rebounds for Atlanta, which was
without the services of center Al Horford (stomach illness). Shelvin Mack
finished with 12 points and nine assists.
The Celtics held a 32-30 lead after a tight first quarter that featured nine
lead changes and six ties.
Atlanta started the second period on a 10-2 run to grab a 40-34 advantage. The
Celtics, however, responded with a 25-8 burst to take control. Terry made four
3-pointers en route to 14 points during the surge, helping Boston grab a 59-48
margin with 2:41 left in the half.
"This is the time of the year when you want to get ready for the playoffs so I
just told myself be aggressive," Terry said.
Green made a 3-pointer with 5.8 seconds left to give the Celtics a 66-56 edge
at the break.
"Every time we play here it seems like Jeff Green hits a big three," Teague
Boston led by as many as 15 in the third stanza and took a 92-80 lead into the
Trailing by 11, 98-87, with 8:36 to play, the Hawks scored five straight
points. Kyle Korver capped the brief spurt with a layup to cut the gap to
But the Celtics scored nine of the next 11 points to essentially put the game
The Celtics won the season series by a 3-1 margin ... It was the ninth
triple-double of Pierce's career ... Boston shot 54.2 percent from the field
and went 11-of-23 from beyond the arc ... Hawks guard John Jenkins played
just over three minutes before leaving the game with a mild concussion
... Boston's Kevin Garnett missed his fourth straight game with
inflammation in his left ankle.
03/30 01:49:24 ET
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