Sunday March 2, 2008
BOSTON (AP) -- Paul Pierce scored 30 points, 17 in the pivotal
third quarter, and Kevin Garnett had 20 points and 16 rebounds
tonight to lead the Boston Celtics to their fifth consecutive win,
a 98-88 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.
Ray Allen scored 17, and Kendrick Perkins had 11 points and a
season-high 12 rebounds to go with a career-high six assists. Point
guard Rajon Rondo had six points and eight assists one day before
the Celtics are expected to bring in backup Sam Cassell, who was
waived last week by the Los Angeles Clippers.
Josh Smith scored 20 points and added nine rebounds, and Al
Horford had 14 and 11 for the Hawks, who missed a chance to move
into a tie for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern
Conference. Newly acquired Mike Bibby had 14 points and nine
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