NBA Game Summary - Boston at Atlanta
(Friday, April 1st)
Final Score: Boston 116, Atlanta 100
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Ricky Davis poured in a season-high 36 points to lead Boston past Atlanta, 116-100, at Philips Arena.
Davis finished the game 14-of-17 from the floor and went 8-for-10 from the free throw line as the Celtics snapped their four-game losing streak. Paul Pierce added 17 points, while Gary Payton collected 14 points and dished out eight assists in the win.
Boston is now four games ahead of Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division.
"We came out playing good," Davis said. "We jumped on them early. It feels great to end the four-game losing streak. It gets us back on track."
Josh Childress led the way for Atlanta with a career-high 26 points. Tony Delk chipped in 18 points as the Hawks lost for the 11th straight time. Josh Smith had 16 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort.
"They got a lot of layups, but they also shot the ball very well," Childress said. "It wasn't my best game. I got to the free throw line a lot, but missed some easy shots."
Boston dominated from the opening tip, and quickly grabbed a 10-point cushion on Pierce's jumper at the 6:58 mark. Leading 19-10, the Celtics pushed their advantage to 13 moments later, following back-to-back jumpers by Tony Allen and Raef LaFrentz.
They eventually led 32-18 after the first 12 minutes.
Boston continued to pour it on in the second stanza, using a 21-5 surge to open the frame and lead 53-23. Davis netted six points in the flurry, while Pierce capped it with his trey at 6:55.
Atlanta got within 21, but still trailed 68-46 at intermission.
Childress fueled a furious Hawks rally in the opening moments of the third quarter, scoring 10 points during a 14-4 burst to get them within 72-60.
Atlanta continued to chip away at its deficit and after Tom Gugliotta's bucket with just over two minutes left in the third frame trailed 84-73.
Boston, though, maintained its double-digit lead throughout the final frame to earn the win.
"We were efficient as we could be offensively tonight," Celtics head coach Doc Rivers said. "We just needed a win, to be honest."
Boston has won nine of its last 14 road games and four of its last five meetings against the Hawks...Tyronn Lue missed the game with a severe headache...Every Celtics player registered at least one point in the game...The Hawks shot 42 percent from the field and hit just 2-of-10 from three-point territory.
04/01 23:39:34 ET