Kevin Garnett scored 28 points and added 14 rebounds for a double-double, leading Boston over Atlanta, 83-80, on Thursday at TD Garden.
Bettors who backed the Celtics were disappointed, as they failed to cover the closing number of 6.5. Over-Under bettors saw the total score go UNDER the closing total of 173.5.
Boston got 18 points from Paul Pierce and another 14 points from Rajon Rondo. Rajon Rondo contributed 8 assists, while Kevin Garnett cleaned the glass with 14 rebounds.
Atlanta got 18 points from Josh Smith in a losing cause and another 17 points from Joe Johnson. Jeff Teague contributed 6 assists for the Hawks, while Josh Smith had 9 rebounds.
Boston led at halftime, 47-41.
Boston won the battle of the boards, outrebounding their counterparts 40-36.