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Celtics move back into gear

Celtics 118
Hawks 107

Rajon Rondo was there in the flesh, and his teammates showed up in force.

Behind contributions from all over, from their captain to a forward that joined the team midseason from China, the Celtics shot the lights out at TD Garden and thoroughly routed Atlanta, 118-107, on Friday night.

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Boston won its second straight game overall as Rondo, its All-Star point guard, returned to the bench for the first time since his season ended with a knee injury.

The 118 points tied the Celtics’ season high; they scored that many in a triple-overtime win against Denver on Feb. 10.

Overall, the Celtics shot 53 percent (45 of 83) and made 11 of 23 shots from beyond the arc.

The Celtics received a huge boost from Jeff Green, who scored a game-high 27 points two days after making a game-winning layup in Cleveland.

Green made 11 of 20 shots and buried a dagger 3-pointer with 1:56 left in the fourth.

Paul Pierce recorded his third triple-double of the season, with 20 points, 10 assists, and 10 rebounds, and then the bench came up huge, namely Shavlik Randolph and Jason Terry.

Terry (24 points) hit five 3-pointers, including a key trey with 5:49 left in the fourth quarter that put the Celtics up by 11.

Randolph, meanwhile, provided a huge spark, scoring 9 points and grabbing a career-high-tying 13 rebounds in 22 minutes.

The Celtics used a 27-10 run in the second quarter to turn the game around. It was in that frame that Terry scored 14 points and hit four 3-pointers.

Mike Scott led Atlanta with 19 points. Josh Smith added 18 points and Jeff Teague had 17 and seven assists.

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