Originally posted on Red's Army  |  Last updated 1/5/13
Behind Paul Pierce’s 17 points in the 3rd quarter, the Celtics prove that Celtic Pride is still alive, as they beat the Hawks 89-81 tonight in Atlanta. Celtics looked absolutely flat in the 1st & 2nd and trailed by 19 at one point, and 15 at the half. They were firing-up jumpers, playing awful defense and looked like they were going to be blown-out. But then came the 3rd quarter. The C’s turned-up the defensive intensity, remained focused and took over. Their defense held the Hawks to 9 points in the 3rd quarter and Paul Pierce’s ridiculous shooting display took the wind out of Atlanta’s sails. Huge win for Boston and huge confidence boost for a team trying to turn things around.  The Green: The Captain once again put the C’s on his shoulders. His 17 3rd quarter points helped the Celtics gain momentum and head into the 4th up 71-62. Pierce finished with a game-high 26 points Rajon Rondo came out with fire in his eyes after a lackluster 1st half. His diving on the floor for a lo...
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