Boston 89, Atlanta 81

Boxscore | Recap
Saturday, January 5, 2013 7:00 PM
Location - Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Officials - #71 Rodney Mott, #44 Eli Roe, #31 Scott Wall
Attendance - 19159

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Boston 18 20 33 18 89
Atlanta 31 22 9 19 81

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Boston 16-17 10-6 6-11 W2
Atlanta 20-12 11-6 9-6 L2

Recap


Celtics 89, Hawks 81:
Paul Pierce collected 26 points and nine rebounds and Rajon Rondo posted a triple-double as visiting Boston locked down on defense in the second half to rally from a 19-point deficit.

Rondo piled up 14 points, 11 boards and 10 assists for his second triple-double of the season and the 15th of his career. Kevin Garnett added 14 points for the Celtics, who have won two straight following a four-game losing streak. 

Lou Williams scored 21 of his game-high 28 points in the first half for the Hawks, who have lost two straight. Jeff Teague added 17 points and Josh Smith contributed 12 and 10 rebounds for Atlanta, which shot just 25 percent from the field in the second half after hitting for 53 percent in the first. 

The Hawks led by as many as 19 in the first half and took a 53-38 advantage into the locker room before their third-quarter meltdown. Atlanta managed just two field goals in the quarter, and Boston closed the period on a 16-2 run to take a 71-62 lead into the fourth. 

Atlanta pulled within 79-74 on Ivan Johnson's follow dunk with 5:35 left, but the Hawks came up empty on their next three possessions and the Celtics pushed it out to 85-74 and coasted to the finish.

GAME NOTEBOOK: The Celtics swept a back-to-back set for the first time this season. They also won at home against Indiana on Friday. … Two of Rondo's last three triple-doubles have come against the Hawks. He also notched one versus Atlanta on April 11, 2012. … Atlanta C Al Horford was limited to six points on 2-of-8 shooting, marking only the third time in 31 games this season he has failed to score in double figures. 

Top Game Performances

Boston   Atlanta
Paul Pierce 26 Scoring Louis Williams 28
Rajon Rondo 10 Assists Josh Smith 5
Rajon Rondo 11 Rebounds Josh Smith 10
Paul Pierce 7 Free Throws Made Louis Williams 5
Brandon Bass 3 Steals Jeff Teague 3
Brandon Bass 1 Blocks Josh Smith 3

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Boston 89 45.9 3-16 8-12 27 44 4 11 13
Atlanta 81 41.2 10-29 15-19 18 36 4 8 21

Upcoming Games

  • Atlanta will play their next game on the road against Minnesota. The Hawks have a W/L % of .600 after a win and .667 after a loss.
  • Boston will play their next game on the road against New York . The Celtics have a W/L % of .400 after a win and .556 after a loss.