Sunday , Dec , 12 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Boston Celtics Team Report – December 12

=== Boston Celtics Team Report – December 12 ===

(Sports Network) – Paul Pierce netted 22 points and Gary Payton had 21 as
the Boston Celtics handed the Seattle SuperSonics their first home loss of the
season, 98-84, at KeyArena.

Payton, making his first Seattle appearance in a Celtics uniform, shot 10-
of-16 from the field and dished out five assists. Tony Allen added 12 points
in 23 minutes off the bench to help Boston snap a three-game slide.

The Celtics saw an 11-point lead early in the fourth quarter shrink to four,
81-77, when Seattle ran off seven straight points.

The difference was down to three at 87-84 after a Danny Fortson layup with
three minutes left, but things quickly fell apart for the Sonics.

Allen’s dunk putback ignited Boston’s rally of 11 unanswered points. He had
five of the team’s points in the final two-plus minutes while Seattle went
scoreless on the way to a dismal 5-for-24 shooting clip in the fourth quarter.

Boston returns to action on Wednesday against the Denver Nuggets.