The Celtics ended their three-game road losing streak with a 89-81 win over the Hawks in Atlanta. It marked the Celtics' first two-game winning streak since Dec. 8 and 12.
The Celtics, who have won five of their last seven games against the Hawks, snapped Atlanta's three-game home winning streak. It was the just the Hawks' sixth home loss in 17 games at Philips Arena.
The Celtics trailed by 15 at halftime -- and 19 at one point -- but exploded to outscore the hosts, 33-9, in the third quarter.
Leading the way for the Celts were Paul Pierce, who finished with 26 points and nine rebounds, and Rajon Rondo. The Celtics' point guard managed a triple-double, scoring 14 points, while also collecting 11 rebounds and 10 assists.
Also contributing for the Celtics were Kevin Garnett (14 points), Jared Sullinger (8 points, 9 rebounds) and Brandon Bass, who bounced back from a poor performance against Indiana to score 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the floor.
The Celtics forced 18 Atlanta turnovers.
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