Celtics Vs. Hawks: Boston Defeats The Hawks, 99-76, Snapping A Two-Game Losing Streak

The Boston Celtics jumped out to a 39-13 first quarter lead and never looked back as they blew out the Hawks in Atlanta, 99-76, to avoid a third-straight loss. Read more at CelticsBlog and Peachtree Hoops.

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Celtics Vs. Hawks: Boston Cruises To Win With First Quarter That Was 'Perhaps Single Most Dominant Of Kevin Garnett Era'

When the Celtics aren't "bored," they're a pretty good team, huh? 

What was supposed to be a close contest between a couple of teams have sparked a rivalry over the past few seasons was over as quickly as it started as Boston ran out to a 39-13 first quarter and never looked back, breezing past the Atlanta Hawks, 99-76. 

It was a dominant performance for the Celtics, with one of the best first quarters you'll see in the NBA all season. More from CelticsBlog

  • The first quarter was perhaps the single most dominant quarter of the Kevin Garnett era for the Celtics. They outscored the Hawks 39-13, shot a blistering 72 percent from the field (18-25), committed just two turnovers, and out-rebounded the Hawks 16-3.
  • But it was the team's first quarter defense that stole the show. The C's applied great ball pressure, contested practically every shot, made great rotations - particularly inside - and held the Hawks to 4-17 shooting (23.5 percent). It was a defensive clinic for the first 12 minutes.

The Celtics went a long way to silence some critics with the impressive win. 

Boston returns to action Wednesday night, back at home, where they'll host the New Jersey Nets in a Thanksgiving Eve matchup. 

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Celtics Vs. Hawks: Kevin Garnett Leads Boston Past Atlanta, Snaps Two-Game Losing Streak

After losing close games against the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Toronto Raptors, the Boston Celtics took care of business Monday night as they were able to defeat the Atlanta Hawks 99-76 in what was supposed to be a tough road matchup.

Nate Robinson got the starting nod again from head coach Doc Rivers as he decided to let Rajon Rondo sit out to rest a hamstring injury he suffered last week against the Thunder. Robinson had another successful night, scoring 16 points and dishing 10 assists. Robinson was 4-for-5 from the three-point line, including two consecutive threes midway through the fourth quarter.

Kevin Garnett had a very strong showing, leading all scorers with 17 points while grabbing 11 rebounds. Paul Pierce and Shaquille O'Neal totaled the same amount of points with 13, and O'Neal added 11 rebounds. 

Ray Allen showed his struggles again as he only managed nine points and was 4-of-8 from the field. Allen only attempted two three-point baskets and connected on one of them. This is the second consecutive game in which Allen has struggled from beyond the arc.

The bench had a solid showing in the forth quarter as the second-team offense combined for 27 points including six points from Delonte West and seven from Glen Davis. 

Rookie Avery Bradley made his NBA debut late in the fourth quarter and scored two points in six minutes. 

The Celtics return home to face the New Jersey Nets Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m.

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