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Hawks 102, Celtics 96

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  January 11, 2010 09:59 PM

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Halftime, Celtics 55-46: It's been the Rajon Rondo show for the Celtics in the first half.

Rondo had 17 points on 8 of 12 shooting, to go along with 6 assists, in the half. He ran a Boston offense that shot 59.5 percent from the floor and 67 percent from behind the three-point line. Paul Pierce and Brian Scalabrine each had three of those three-pointers.

5:20 2d quarter, Celtics 45-34: Doc Rivers gave a little fist pump after the first one, and Brian Scalabrine nailed another three-pointer on the next possession to force an Atlanta timeout. Scal has nine points.

8:35 2d quarter, Celtics 35-25: Getting a little sloppy! The Celtics now have seven turnovers. Great shooting, but they need to start taking better care of the basketball.

END 1st quarter, Celtics 31-24: Rajon Rondo has 11 points and 4 assists and the Celtics are shooting a blistering 63 percent. Asked to break it down, colleague Bob Ryan, sitting next to me, said "They're doing all the right things."

Good enough for me.

2:10 1st quarter, Celtics 24-16: That flagrant foul really fired up the troops. Paul Pierce's three puts the Celtics up eight and forces an Atlanta timeout.

2:57 1st quarter, Celtics 18-16: Zaza Pachulia's been in the game less than a minute and he's already under the Celtics' skin. Pachulia gave a hard foul to Kendrick Perkins, and Perkins took exception because the foul was around his face. He had to be held back by Rajon Rondo. The foul was called a flagrant 1 foul.

Wouldn't be shocked if Kevin Garnett made a cameo appearance to set a hard pick on Pachulia in the second half.

6:17 1st quarter, Celtics 11-9: Love the way these two teams match up. Rondo has a mismatch on Bibby. Johnson has one on Allen. Pierce has one on Williams. Smith has one on Scalabrine. Creates a lot of fun basketball situations.

Johnson, by the way, has eight points already.

9:25 1st quarter, Celtics 5-3: Brian Scalabrine forces Josh Smith into an airball, then drains a three-pointer on the other end. Who needs 'Sheed?

Pregame: Boos for Mike Bibby. He's still not very popular here.

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