The Boston Celtics have gained a reputation as a very good defensive team the last few years, but that wasn't the case at all during a recent four-game skid.
While they returned to form for at least one night, they will need more consistency to get back on track after sliding below .500.
Boston will also try to snap a three-game road losing streak when it faces the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night.
The Celtics (15-17) ended a four-game slide with Friday's 94-75 win against Indiana after entering the contest a season-worst three games below .500.
"You could tell we needed this win, and that's how we came out tonight," said Kevin Garnett, who tied a team high with 18 points before he was ejected in the fourth quarter for a Flagrant 2 foul when he flailed his hands and hit Tyler Hansbrough in the face.
"We needed a win. Tonight was the night to stop the bleeding. I felt like we did that."
In the four previous losses, Boston had allowed 104.5 points ...