FInal, Celtics 99-76 In one of the more impressive performances this season, the Celtics put away the Hawks in the first few minutes and were never really threatened. They shoot 53.3 percent, outrebound the Hawks 50-30 while Avery Bradley makes his NBA debut. Nate Robinson leads Boston with 16 points and 10 assists while Kevin Garnett and Shaquille O’Neal each pull down 11 rebounds.
Fourth quarter, 2:40, Celtics 99-72 Avery Bradley gets into his first NBA game and scores two points on free throws. Luke Harangody hits a jumper and now every player has scored for Boston.
Fourth quarter, 5:51, Celtics 91-64 Avery Bradley gets into the game and makes his Celtics debut and grabs a rebound in the first minute and then gets fouled. The starters have shut it down and the only suspense is whether the Celtics will reach 100.
Fourth quarter, 8:52, Celtics 89-62 The suspense now is whether Luke Harangody and Avery Bradley will get into the game. The starters are on ice and with a day off tomorrow, the Celtics should be fresh for Wednesday against New Jersey.
End of third quarter, Celtics 85-56 When Shaq kisses Luke Harangody on the Hawks “Kiss Cam” during the quarter, you know the game is over. The Hawks have no fight and we might see Harangody and Avery Bradley in action tonight. It’s a good time to give both some game action. Kevin Garnett has 17 points and Nate Robinson 16 and 10 assists.
Third quarter, 2:37, Celtics 85-54 The Celtics obviously were angry after the Toronto loss and have completely outclassed the Hawks, who just don’t look very interested. Maybe they are more intrigued by the the Auburn-Alabama game. Nate Robinson has 16 points and 10 assists while Kevin Garnett and Shaquille O’Neal each has double-double.
Third quarter, 6:00, Celtics 76-47 The Hawks don’t appear to have anymore fight. The Celtics are on an 8-0 run and are still shooting 64 percent from the field. Kevin Garnett has 17 points and nine rebounds while Shaq has 13 and 11. Mike Bibby has 11 for Atlanta.
Halftime, Celtics 64-42 In a play that typifies the first half. Al Horford blocks a dunk attempt by Paul Pierce, throws his fist in the air even though the Hawks are trailing by 19. Glen Davis hustles, throws the ball out to Ray Allen, who hits a 27-footer. Celtics finish the half shooting 62.2 percent.
Second quarter, 2:12 Celtics 61-37 The starters have resorted order after the Hawks cut the Celtics’ lead to 18. Kevin Garnett is 6-for-6 from the field for 13 points and Nate Robinson has 10 points and six assists. The Hawks have scored 24 points in 10 second-quarter minutes after 13 all of the first.
Second quarter, 8:58 Celtics 48-25 Hawks have already scored 12 points in the quarter after 13 all of the first. The Celtics have to hold on here with their bench. The starters are getting good rest and this game is far from over. Celtics are shooting 21-for-29 from the field. Atlanta is 9-for-23.
End of first quarter, Celtics 39-13 The score is correct. The Celtics are playing at such a high level that it’s hard to fathom, especially coming off a back-to-back. Eight different Celtics have scored, including Kevin Garnett with nine points and Nate Robinson with eight. They are 18-for-25 from the field. The Hawks are 4-for-17 and look completely uninterested. Larry Drew has already played 11 players.
First quarter, 3:13, Celtics 31-10 Playing their finest quarter of the season, the Celtics are 14-for-19 from the field and Nate Robinson already has five assists and two 3-pointers. Boston also winning the rebounding war 11-3. Larry Drew going deep to his bench, having already played 10 players.
First quarter, 5:57, Celtics 20-5 Don’t be fooled by the fast start. The Celtics still have to finish strong. But they are making a statement and have a good group of supporters here. Atlanta is a strange place for the home team. The late-arriving crowd is sitting on their hands.
First quarter, 8:11, Celtics 13-3 Boston has started 6-for-10 from the field and Nate Robinson already has five points. Let’s see if they can keep this up. Atlanta has started off flat (1-for-5).
First quarter, 9:25, Celtics 8-3 You knew the Celtics would emphasize a fast and consistent start and it’s gone that way so far, with four players each scoring a bucket.