Recap - Celtics Defeat Atlanta 79-76

Ray Allen scored 19 points leading the Celtics to a 79-76 victory over Atlanta at Philips Arena on Monday.

Boston was the ATS victor, as they covered the 2-point spread as an underdog. Over-Under bettors who played UNDER the total of 182.5 were rewarded at the payout window.

Boston got 16 points from Kevin Garnett and another 13 points from Paul Pierce. Rajon Rondo contributed 13 assists, while Brandon Bass cleaned the glass with 10 rebounds.

The Hawks got a 25-point performance from Joe Johnson, who was supported by 16 points from Zaza Pachulia. Josh Smith had 8 assists in a losing cause for Atlanta, while Zaza Pachulia grabbed 13 rebounds.

Boston trailed at halftime, 33-31.

The rebound battle favored Atlanta as they grabbed 45 boards, while Boston only had 40.

Boston heads into a battle against the Bucks. Atlanta, meanwhile, will have their next action against Cleveland.