Originally created 01/03/01

Hawks 92, Celtics 81



ATLANTA -- Jason Terry scored 32 points and Dikembe Mutombo grabbed 19 rebounds as the Atlanta Hawks beat Boston 92-81 Tuesday night and ended a four-game losing streak against the Celtics.

Terry scored nine of his 14 second-half points in the third quarter, and Roshown McLeod had 15 of his 21 points in the first half for the Hawks, who ended a two-game losing streak and won for the fifth time in seven games.

Lorenzen Wright added 18 points for Atlanta.

Paul Pierce scored 30 points for Boston, which has lost four of its last five games.

Bryant Stith's 3-pointer from the left corner with 1:11 to go in the third quarter gave Boston a 66-63 lead, its last of the game.

Atlanta went on a 12-0 run, capped by Wright's dunk on an assist from Matt Maloney, as the Hawks assumed a 75-66 lead.

Pierce's jumper with 6:53 remaining pulled Boston within four points, 79-75, but the Celtics never got closer.

Notes:

Hawks guard Brevin Knight, acquired in the trade that sent Jim Jackson, Anthony Johnson and Larry Robinson to Cleveland Tuesday, was introduced at halftime. ... The Celtics activated Walter McCarty before the game and placed center Tony Battie on the injured list. ... With Alan Henderson and Chris Crawford on the injured list, Atlanta had just nine players available. ... Mutombo's streak of 20 consecutive made free throws ended with 4:11 to go in the second quarter. The NBA's leading rebounder, Mutombo had pulled down 20 or more rebounds in three straight games. ... Terry handed out a game-high six assists.