Hawks suffer rout at home

Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal (right) goes up against Hawks forward Josh Smith during Boston's 99-76 rout of Atlanta. O'Neal scored 13 points and had 11 rebounds Monday night.

ATLANTA --- Nate Robinson had 16 points and 10 assists filling in for Rajon Rondo, and the Boston Celtics blew out Atlanta right from the start, racing to a 26-point lead in the first quarter on the way to a 99-76 rout of the Hawks on Monday night.


Atlanta missed five of its first six shots, and Boston had a double-digit lead before the game was four minutes old. Shaquille O'Neal's dunk made it 13-3.

"This was very embarrassing," said coach Larry Drew, who spoke with his team behind closed doors for more than 20 minutes afterward. "Very, very embarrassing. Very embarrassing. If I had one word to sum it up: embarrassing." The Hawks have lost six of eight since a 6-0 start and have yet to beat a team with a winning record.


In Miami, Danny Granger had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Brandon Rush added 20 points and Indiana beat Miami on the worst shooting night of Dwyane Wade's career.

Wade finished with three points on 1-for-13 shooting. He had never shot so poorly when taking at least 13 tries, and the point total was the third-lowest of his career. He has been held scoreless twice.

T.J. Ford scored 13 points and Mike Dunleavy added 11 for the Pacers, who took control with a 29-11 run in the second quarter.

LeBron James scored 25 points and Chris Bosh had 21 points and 11 rebounds for Miami, which learned earlier Monday that top reserve Udonis Haslem will need surgery to repair a torn foot ligament and be out indefinitely.


In Houston, Steve Nash had 24 points and nine assists to help Phoenix snap a three-game losing streak.

Nash played 37 minutes, showing no lingering effects from the groin injury that sidelined him for the Suns' previous two games.

Jason Richardson scored 26 points and Grant Hill added 17 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Suns.