Rondo, Pierce help Celtics rally past Hawks

Rondo, Pierce help Celtics rally past Hawks
January 5, 2013, 9:47 pm
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Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford (15) dunks in first-half action of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland)


ATLANTA (AP) Rajon Rondo had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, and the Boston Celtics rallied to beat the Atlanta Hawks 89-81 on Saturday night.

Paul Pierce scored 17 of his 26 points in the third quarter as the Celtics erased a 19-point deficit in the second half and went on to consecutive wins for the first time since late November against Oklahoma City and Orlando.

Boston, which beat Indiana 94-75 on Friday night, had lost four straight road games.

Lou Williams scored 21 of his 28 points in the first half for Atlanta, which has lost two straight.