Friday April 3, 2009
BOSTON (AP) -- Paul Pierce scored 21 points and Rajon Rondo had 20 to lead Boston to a 104-92 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night, helping the Celtics maintain their hold on the second-best record in the Eastern Conference.
Kendrick Perkins had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Glen "Big Baby" Davis had 19 points in place of Kevin Garnett, who missed his fourth straight game and his 17th of 21 because of a right knee strain. The Celtics have beaten the Hawks in seven straight regular-season games and nine in a row overall in Boston, including last year's seven-game, first-round playoff series.
Flip Murray scored 21 points, Mike Bibby had 20 and Josh Smith had 13 points and 10 rebounds for Atlanta.
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