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Celtics Down Atlanta 87-80 - Match Report

Paul Pierce poured in 36 points for Boston on Tuesday, as they defeated Atlantan 87-80 at Philips Arena.

Bettors who backed the Celtics were also rewarded, as they covered the closing number as an underdog of 4.5 at sportsbooks. Over-Under bettors saw the total score go UNDER the closing total of 172.5.

Boston got 15 points from Kevin Garnett and another 14 points from Avery Bradley. Kevin Garnett contributed 5 assists, while Paul Pierce cleaned the glass with 14 rebounds.

The Hawks got a 22-point performance from Joe Johnson, who was supported by 18 points from Jeff Teague. Josh Smith had 5 assists in a losing cause for Atlanta, while Josh Smith grabbed 12 rebounds.

Boston trailed at halftime, 44-41.

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