Saturday , Jan , 15 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Boston Celtics Team Report – January 15

=== Boston Celtics Team Report – January 15 ===

(Sports Network) – The Celtics registered a 106-94 victory over the Atlanta
Hawks on Friday night at the FleetCenter.

Ricky Davis poured in 30 points to lead Boston to the win. Paul Pierce chipped
in 21 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists for the Celtics, who won for just
the second time in their last five contests. Gary Payton added 15 points and
seven assists in the win.

Boston led by four after three quarters, but opened the fourth with six
straight points, capped by Davis’ basket, to claim an 86-76 edge.

The margin grew to 11 points moments later, but the Hawks did close within
90-85 on Drobnjak’s three-pointer midway through the period.

However, seven straight points by the home team extended the cushion back to
double-digits and Atlanta did not have another comeback in it as it fell
behind by as many as 17 points in the waning minutes.

The Celtics made 21-of-29 from the charity stripe and connected on 7-of-15
three-point tries.

The Celtics have won seven of their last eight home games overall and are 9-2
in the last 11 meetings against Atlanta at the FleetCenter.

Boston has the next four days off before hosting the Chicago Bulls on
Wednesday night.