Boston 101, Atlanta 79

Boxscore | Recap
Sunday, May 6, 2012 7:00 PM
Location - TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Officials - #25 Tony Brothers, #17 Joe Crawford, #26 Pat Fraher
Attendance - 18624

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Atlanta 19 22 22 16 79
Boston 32 32 26 11 101

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Atlanta 40-26 23-10 17-16 L3
Boston 39-27 24-9 15-18 W3

Recap

CELTICS 101, HAWKS 79: Paul Pierce scored 24 points and Rajon Rondo had 20 points, 16 assists and just one turnover as host Boston took a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 series.

Kevin Garnett scored 13 points, Ray Allen added 12 and the Celtics shot 60 percent from the field over the first three quarters while cruising to the easy victory.

Josh Smith had 15 points and 13 rebounds and Al Horford added 12 points for Atlanta.

Boston can clinch the series by winning Tuesday’s Game 5 in Atlanta.

Pierce had 18 first-half points despite missing the final six minutes of the half after injuring his left knee. He returned to score six points in the third quarter before exiting for good. Pierce was 10 of 13 from the field and made four 3-pointers in just 17 minutes.

The Celtics were 11 of 26 from 3-point range, had 10 steals and led by as many as 37 points. Boston began the second half with a 17-2 run to take an 80-43 advantage less than four minutes into the quarter.

Atlanta fell behind by double digits in the opening quarter and was never in the contest despite Smith’s return from a knee injury and Horford (pectoral) being available for the first time since Jan. 11. Horford played 20 minutes off the bench.

Boston shot 63.6 percent in the first half while taking a 63-41 halftime lead. Rondo had 13 first-half assists.

The Celtics were up 12 early in the second quarter before Pierce scored eight points during a 12-0 surge that saw Boston take a 51-27 lead midway through the quarter.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Boston was 7-for-38 from 3-point range over the first three contests … Atlanta’s Joe Johnson had just nine points after scoring 29 in Game 3 … Rondo has 10 or more assists in 27 straight games counting the regular season … The Hawks committed 17 turnovers, six by Smith.

Top Game Performances

Atlanta   Boston
Josh Smith 15 Scoring Paul Pierce 24
Josh Smith 5 Assists Rajon Rondo 16
Josh Smith 13 Rebounds Ray Allen 5
Josh Smith 5 Free Throws Made Brandon Bass 4
Kirk Hinrich 1 Steals Rajon Rondo 3
N/A Blocks Paul Pierce 2

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Atlanta 79 40.8 4-20 13-17 18 40 0 3 18
Boston 101 51.2 11-26 8-13 24 37 6 10 11

Upcoming Games

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