Originally created 01/13/02

Celtics ground the Hawks



ATLANTA -- Paul Pierce scored 31 points and Antoine Walker added 23 as the Boston Celtics beat the Atlanta Hawks 115-91 on Saturday night.

The Celtics, who improved to 14-1 when they score 100 points, had lost two straight to Atlanta and entered the game with just two wins in their last seven on the road.

With DerMarr Johnson, Emanual Davis and Dion Glover each going 0-for-3, the Hawks finished just 2-for-18 on 3-point attempts. Atlanta has lost three straight.

One night after finishing with a season-low five points and having his consecutive streak of scoring in double figures end at 126 games, Walker hit 10 of 21 shots. Walker, who had negative results from an MRI taken Thursday on his right knee, played 39 minutes. He was just 1-for-14 in Boston's 104-90 win over Detroit Friday.

Eric Williams' 3-pointer with 3:22 put the Celtics up 22-21, and they never trailed again. Joe Johnson's 3-pointer at the end of the game gave Boston its biggest lead.

Glover led the Hawks with 19 points. Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 17 points and 14 rebounds, while Terry finished with 17 points and five assists.

Notes: Theo Ratliff, complaining of soreness, dressed but did not play. He played 15 minutes in a 94-91 overtime loss at Toronto Friday, his first action since missing 32 games with torn cartilage in his hip. ... The Celtics are now 19-1 when having a better field-goal percentage. ... Atlanta outrebounded Boston 52-45 and outscored the Celtics 23-6 on fastbreak points.