Atlanta 84, Boston 90

Boxscore | Recap
Friday, May 4, 2012 7:30 PM
Location - TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Officials - #10 Ron Garretson, #13 Monty McCutchen, #33 Zach Zarba
Attendance - 18624

Final Scoring Summary

Final OT 1 2 3 4 X T
Atlanta 19 19 20 22 4 84
Boston 17 23 20 20 10 90

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Atlanta 40-26 23-10 17-16 L2
Boston 39-27 24-9 15-18 W2

Recap


CELTICS 90, HAWKS 84 (OT): Rajon Rondo notched his seventh career playoff triple-double with 17 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists and host Boston prevailed in overtime to take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference first-round series.

Paul Pierce scored 21 points, Kevin Garnett had 20 points and 13 rebounds and Ray Allen returned from an ankle injury to score 13 for the Celtics.

Joe Johnson scored 29 points and Jeff Teague added 23 for the Hawks, who were without forward Josh Smith due to a knee injury suffered in Game 2.

Game 4 is Sunday in Boston.

Rondo returned from a one-game suspension to make a major impact and scored Boston’s first four points in overtime, including a basket with 3:47 remaining that put the Celtics ahead to stay.

Garnett’s follow slam gave Boston an 88-84 lead with 28.1 seconds remaining.

The Celtics had an 11-point lead on Garnett’s 20-footer with 6:58 left in regulation, but the Hawks closed the final quarter with a 15-4 surge, including eight straight to tie the contest at 80 on Johnson’s 3-pointer with 1:23 remaining.

Pierce hit all 14 of his free-throw attempts to overcome a 3-of-12 performance from the field. Boston was 22 of 25 from the line.

Tracy McGrady had 12 points and nine rebounds and Marvin Williams grabbed 11 rebounds for the Hawks.

Boston led 40-38 at halftime. Allen came off the bench to score eight first-half points on 4-of-6 shooting.

GAME NOTEBOOK
: Boston was 4 of 13 from 3-point range after making just three over the first two games of the series. … McGrady tweaked his right ankle in the second quarter but returned in the third. … Allen hadn’t played since April 10 and missed 12 straight games, including the final 10 regular-season contests. … Hawks center Zaza Pachulia (foot) again sat out.

Top Game Performances

Atlanta   Boston
Joe Johnson 29 Scoring Paul Pierce 21
Jeff Teague 6 Assists Rajon Rondo 12
Marvin Williams 11 Rebounds Rajon Rondo 14
Jeff Teague 5 Free Throws Made Paul Pierce 14
Kirk Hinrich 2 Steals Rajon Rondo 4
Jeff Teague 2 Blocks Kevin Garnett 4

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Atlanta 84 37.8 4-20 12-15 15 48 4 8 17
Boston 90 40.5 4-13 22-25 18 51 8 10 16

Upcoming Games

  • Boston will play their next game at home against Atlanta. The Celtics have a W/L % of .641 after a win and .519 after a loss.
  • Atlanta will play their next game on the road against Boston . The Hawks have a W/L % of .575 after a win and .654 after a loss.
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