Thursday , Jan , 27 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Boston Celtics Team Report – January 27

=== Boston Celtics Team Report – January 27 ===

(Sports Network) – The Celtics re-gained sole possession of first place in the
Atlantic Division with a 100-86 win over Indiana at FleetCenter on Wednesday

Paul Pierce scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Celtics to
the win. Ricky Davis added 18 points off the bench as the Celtics won their
second straight game and passed Philadelphia, who lost to Washington, for the
top spot in the Atlantic.

It is the latest the Celtics have been in first place since winning the
Atlantic in the 1990-91 season. Boston improved to 12-4 when holding an
opponent to under 100 points.

Raef LaFrentz registered 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Gary Payton recorded
10 points and nine assists. Boston shot 46.6 percent from the field, including
10-of-16 (.625) from three-point range. The Celtics drained 22-of-30 (.733)
from the free throw line.

Celtics center Al Jefferson left the game with 3:11 left in the first quarter
with a high ankle sprain. Jefferson is expected to miss at least four weeks of

Prior to the game, Boston forward Walter McCarty formally asked to be traded.
McCarty, who is not part of the Celtics’ youth movement, is expected to be
dealt to Phoenix for a second round pick. However, the Suns are not sure they
want to pick up his $1.4 million option for 2005-06.

The Celtics have a day off before returning to the court on Friday night
against Phoenix at FleetCenter. Boston will then finish up its week’s schedule
with a trip to Chicago to take on the Bulls at the United Center.