NBA Game Summary - Atlanta at Boston
(Wednesday, March 14th)
Final Score: Boston 109, Atlanta 88
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Al Jefferson scored 23 points and pulled down nine rebounds as Boston routed Atlanta, 109-88, at TD Banknorth Garden.
Paul Pierce added 17 points for the Celtics, who snapped a two-game skid and won for just the ninth time at home this season. Rajon Rondo chipped in with 13 points and 10 assists, while Kendrick Perkins had 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Josh Smith tallied 19 points and six boards for the Hawks, who lost for the second time in six games. Marvin Williams and Anthony Johnson each finished with 17 points and Williams also pulled down eight rebounds.
The Celtics took a slim 26-25 advantage after the opening 12 minutes and extended their lead to 50-41 at intermission.
Boston then put things away with a brilliant third quarter. A 14-0 run featuring consecutive Rondo lay-ins gave the Celtics a commanding 70-49 lead with 4:48 left in the frame.
Perkins' slam about 2 1/2 minutes later gave Boston a 27-point cushion, 80-53.
The Celtics continued to cruise from there and took a comfortable 86-60 lead into the final frame.
The Hawks did manage to close to within 15 points, 88-73, on a pair of Smith free throws with 7:21 left.
But, the Celtics recovered over the next several minutes. Brian Scalabrine buried a turnaround jumper with 5:20 left to extend Boston's lead back to 20, 95-75.
The Celtics waltzed to the finish line from there.
Atlanta was attempting to win a season-best fifth straight...The Hawks are now 12-22 on the road this season...The Celtics are a dismal 9-23 at home
03/14 22:21:51 ET