Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 1/14

Game 1: Friday, January 14th
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Celtics106
Game 2: Saturday, January 22nd
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Hawks100
Game 3: Wednesday, March 9th
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Celtics95
Game 4: Friday, April 1st
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Hawks100

Celtics 96

(18-22, 5-16 away)

Hawks 100

(8-30, 6-15 home)

    7:00 PM ET, January 22, 2005

    Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

    1 2 3 4 T
    BOS 23 27 30 1696
    ATL 21 26 22 31100

    Top Performers

    Boston: T. Allen 20 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Atlanta: A. Walker 29 Pts, 6 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl

    Celtics drop 9th straight on the road

    BOSTON (AP) -- Antoine Walker and Ricky Davis each scored 18 points, and Gary Payton added 10 in his return to Boston's lineup Friday night, leading the Celtics to a 104-84 victory over the expansion Charlotte Bobcats,

    Marcus Banks scored 13 points, Mark Blount had 11, and Delonte West added 11 points and eight assists for Boston, 4-0 since Walker returned to the team last week in a trade with Atlanta.

    Payton, who re-signed Friday after being waived by Atlanta on Tuesday, played 21 minutes. He was traded to the Hawks -- along with Tom Gugliotta, Michael Stewart and a future first-round pick -- last week in the deal that brought Walker back to Boston.

    Payton scored six points during a 13-5 run late in the second quarter that gave Boston a 56-41 lead.

    Returning to New England for the second time this season, Bobcats rookie Emeka Okafor had 12 points and 10 rebounds. The former University of Connecticut star had six points and 11 rebounds against the Celtics on Nov. 12.

    Jason Hart scored 13 points, Keith Bogans had 11, and Jason Hart added 10 for the Bobcats, 4-23 in their last 27 games.

    Game notes


    Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney attended the game. ... Bobcats shooting guard Kareem Rush will miss four to six weeks after spraining his left knee Wednesday night. Fellow guard Brevin Knight did not return after sprained his right ankle in the first quarter. ... Celtics guard Tony Allen missed his third straight game because of a sprained ankle. ... The Celtics are 18-5 when they hold opponents under 100 points.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    BOS
    ATL
    Points 96 100
    FGM-FGA 42-84 (.500) 39-92 (.424)
    3PM-3PA 2-13 (.154) 4-10 (.400)
    FTM-FTA 10-17 (.588) 18-28 (.643)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-50 22-50
    Assists 26 15
    Turnovers 20 18
    Steals 10 12
    Blocks 11 4
    Fast Break Points 23 10
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (1/0) 18 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 17 4

    Top Performers

    Boston
    Atlanta
    Tony Allen Allen
    Points: 20
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Antoine Walker Walker
    Points: 29
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0