Pierce records triple-double in Celtics’ victory over Hawks

Posted: 2013/03/30 in News, notebook
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Pierce is the soul of Celtics since Rondo’s injury

Paul Pierce posted a good triple-doubles for a Celtics’s win, Jeff Green scored 27 points and Jason Terry had 24 units. But it was the inspired play of Randolph, the former Duke Blue Devil the Celtics brought over from China earlier this month, that was a real weapon to the 118-107 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night at TD Garden. Hawks are a good team in assists but C’S managed to top them.

Just missing his first  NBA double-double, Randolph, , tied his career high with 13 rebounds, scored nine points and registered two blocked  shots. He did all that in just under 22 minutes off the Boston bench. It’s was the Factor X to add a real value for the team.

“That’s what he is and that’s what he does; and he understands who he is and he does it,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said of the 6-10 Randolph.

“I just thought he did a lot of good things; really happy for him.”

After the game, as Pierce came out for post-game interviews, Randolph got dressed and left. It wasn’t clear if he didn’t want to talk, if he thought no one wanted to talk to him — or if he wanted to hurry off and watch Duke play Michigan State in the NCAA Tournament.

At one point in the game, Randolph had one-third of his team’s rebounds, his nine compared to the team’s 27.

“He did a lot of dirty work,” said Pierce, who had 18 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds in his 10th career triple-double, his third this season. “He went in there and stuck his nose in there in the middle. He got some offensive rebounds (five), some put-back layups. He was in the right position pretty much all night.”

The win moved Boston, winners of two straight after a five-game losing streak, to within 1 1/2 games of the Hawks for the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff seeding.

While the Celtics have been suffering with injuries for weeks, the Hawks were also missing guard Devin Harris (third straight game, foot) and guard John Jenkins suffered a mild concussion on a Pierce pick in the first half and didn’t return.”

Offensive production to top Hawks

The Celtics went 11 for 23 from 3-point range in the night, hitting six 3-pointers in the second act. Their 118 points matched a season high and their 66 in the first half were the most in a half this season.

Mike Scott led the Hawks, who went 2-2 on a four-game road trip with a career-high 19 points off the bench. Josh Smith had 18 points, but he was just 7 for 23 from the floor, 0 for 6 in the second half after scoring 16 points in the first half. Jeff Teague had 17 points and seven dimes.

“We thought we had a chance to go 3-1 but it didn’t work out tonight,” said Teague.

The Celtics won the season series, 3-1.

The Hawks used an 8-0 run to take a six-point lead 3:12 into the second quarter, but the Celtics scored 32 points in the final 8:29 of the half to lead by 10 at the break. It started with an 8-0 run over just 53 seconds, Terry starting it with back-to-back 3-pointers. He went 4 for 5 on 3-pointers in his 16-point half.

 

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