Thursday , Apr , 15 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Boston Celtics Team Report – April 15

=== Boston Celtics Team Report – April 15 ===

(Sports Network) – Marcus Banks scored a career-high 28 points and dished
out five assists, as the Boston Celtics finished the regular season on a
winning note by beating the Atlanta Hawks, 137-132, on Wednesday at the
FleetCenter. The game was the highest-scoring regulation contest in the NBA
this season.

Mark Blount contributed 27 points and 12 rebounds while Jiri Welsch had 14
points, 12 boards and seven assists for the Celtics. Ricky Davis added 24
points and seven assists for Boston, which snapped a five-game losing streak.

Boston again played without star forward Paul Pierce, who is sidelined with an
ankle injury. He suffered the injury during last Wednesday’s contest against
the Heat, and rested it as a precautionary measure with the team already
locked into the eighth position in the Eastern Conference.

Boston finished the regular season with a 36-46 record.

The Celtics will face the conference-leading Pacers in the first round of the
playoffs. The two clubs met in the opening round of the postseason last year
and Boston ousted Indiana in six games.

Boston and Indiana will play the first game of the best-of-seven series on
Saturday at Conseco Fieldhouse.