Paul Pierce posted a triple-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, powering the Boston Celtics past the Atlanta Hawks 118-107 Friday night.
The Celtics win the season series 3-1.
Jeff Green led Boston with a game-high 27 points, on 11-of-20 shooting, and added four boards, four helpers, two steals and one block.
Jason Terry was an assassin from the perimeter, hitting five-of-seven 3-pointers and finishing with 24 points overall. Brandon Bass (13) was also in double-figures.
Atlanta led briefly in a close first quarter, as neither team was up by more than six points, but it was the Celtics who had a 32-30 advantage at the end of the opening period.
Shelvin Mack along with rookies Mike Scott and John Jenkins, who left the game later with a concussion and didn’t return, combined on a 10-2 run for the Hawks to start the second quarter, but Boston responded.
Terrence Williams’ bucket at the 7:28 mark in the second period put the Celtics up 42-40.
They never looked back.
Boston went into halftime leading by 10 and never game up the lead, as they cruised in the second half, eventually winning by 11 points.
Atlanta was threatening with seven minutes remaining and cut the deficit to six points with back-to-back buckets by Kyle Korver, but the C’s quickly squashed that notion and scored seven straight points to go up 107-94 with 5:07 left to go.
Bass sank two free-throws in the final minute to seal Boston’s victory.
The Hawks got a meaningless layup from Scott with 25 seconds left to give the game a 118-107 final score.
Scott led the team off the bench with 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting. Josh Smith struggled mightily but finished with 18 points, six rebounds and four assists, while Jeff Teague tallied 17 points and seven helpers.
Reserves Anthony Tolliver (14) and Mack (12) combined for 26 points on 9-of-16 shooting. Tolliver added seven rebounds and Mack had a team-high nine assists.