Paul Pierce hit 10 of his 13 shots on the night, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range, and finished with 24 points in 18 minutes while Rajon Rondo added 20 points and 16 assists as the Celtics blew out the Hawks, 101-79, Sunday night in Game 4 at TD Garden. Kevin Garnett added 13 points while Ray Allen added 12 off the bench for the Celtics, who take a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. The series shifts back to Atlanta, where the Celtics can clinch the series Tuesday night in Game 5.
The Celtics appeared to catch a big break, as Pierce injured his left knee in the second quarter but returned for the third quarter. With the game not in question, the Celtics were able to rest their superstar, who rescued them in Game 2 in Atlanta.
Pierce and Rondo led a first-half assault on the Hawks. Pierce hit five of his seven shots in the opening quarter and led the Celtics with 10 points. Rondo had seven of his 13 first-half assists in the first quarter as Boston made 14-of-21 shots to race out to 32-19 lead.
Leading by 11 at 37-26, the Celtics ripped open the game with a 14-1 run, sparked by a pair of 3's from Pierce. The second 3-pointer from Pierce with 6:14 left in the second quarter put Boston up, 51-27. But just seconds later, he came down awkwardly on his left knee on defense and headed for the locker room with team doctor Brian McKeon. He finished the first half with 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting. The Celtics shot a scorching 64 percent from the field in the first half to race out to a 64-41 halftime lead.
Pierce came out of the locker room and started the third quarter, hitting the first two shots he took -- both treys -- to improve his shooting to 10-for-13 on the night. Pierce came out with 8:24 left in the third and did not return as the Celtics were cruising. Pierce's sharpshooting was part of yet another Celtics' burst as Boston opened on a 16-2 run to take a 37-point lead at 80-43 just over three minutes into the third.
The Hawks cut the margin to 22 at 82-60 late in the third. But Rondo drilled a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired to spur a 8-0 run as Boston re-established its 30-point advantage. The Celtics led 90-63 after three, as Rondo had 16 points and 15 assists.
After playing 37 minutes in Game 3, Allen needed to play only 19 minutes Sunday, hitting 5-of-9 from the field.
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
Danny recaps the Red Sox 7-2 win over the Orioles
Danny Picard recaps the Red Sox 5-3 win over the Blue Jays.
Who is to blame for the Red Sox 10-9 loss to the Blue Jays? Danny points the finger.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
John, Gerry and Kirk discuss the Red Sox win over Baltimore on Memorial Day Monday and the team's surge to a two game lead in the AL East
Gerry, John and Kirk are astounded at Howard Bryant's latest effort in ESPN the Magazine. Are patriotic displays at ballparks stifling athletes? What?
John, Gerry and Kirk discuss the killing of Harambe the gorilla to save a four-year old boy. Was there another option besides shooting? Should the boy's parents be held accountable?
ERod is back on the mound for the Sox tonight, and the guys break down what the expectations should be for the young pitcher's first major league start after his injury.
The guys talk about Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals, and also give you their thoughts on the upcoming NBA Finals rematch between the Warriors and the Cavs.
ESPN's Howard Bryant is release a feature story about sports teams honoring the military and police at their games and he thinks those ceremonies do not belong in sports. Glenn, Lou and Christian go at Bryant and talk about why he's wrong.
We discuss Jackie Bradley's leave of absence to be with his wife for the birth of his first child, and that drums up the old caveman debate about whether men should miss work while their wives give birth.
We discuss the frustration of Clay Buchholz in moving to the pen, and whether or not this is the right move not only for him but for the Sox as a whole.
We discuss the ending of the Western Conference finals, and also look ahead to KD's plans and the NBA Finals match-up.
Jerry is joined by Graig Murphy to talk stand up comedy. Until Graig pretty much hijacks the podcast to tell his side of the "Big Show Unfiltered" story.
Ben and Russ preview the Champions League Final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Who we want to win, who we think will win, and why. We also talk about our wishes for the USMNT.
The Dennis and Callahan malcontent is joined by former WEEI personality Pete Sheppard to talk about his past involvement with the station and his current gig in New Hampshire. You'll be glad to hear Pete hasn't changed one bit.
Mike Mutnansky, Jon Meterparel and Butch Stearns discuss the Celtics and their level of interest in Kevin Durant after Oklahoma City's losses in games five and six; also what should the Celtics do with the third pick in the draft coming up in June?More from this show
Gerry, John and Kirk are astounded at Howard Bryant's latest effort in ESPN the Magazine. Are patriotic displays at ballparks stifling athletes? What?More from this show