Once again, Rondo out played the opposing point guard. This time, it was Mike Bibby's turn as Rondo finished with 15 points (7-12), 6 rebounds, 7 assists, and 4 steals while Bibby had 14 points on 5-16 shooting to go with 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Rondo had some incredible drives to the hoop and exciting shots and he set the tone in the 4th quarter when the Celtics pulled out the win.
Perk was a beast in this game coming up with some great defense inside and a very key block to preserve the win. He finished with 8 points, 10 rebounds and 4 big blocks.
In this game, it was KG who emerged from the phonebooth to play Superman in the fourth quarter, setting the pace, hitting the big shots, grabbing the big rebounds and willing his team to a win. He finished with 18 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and 2 blocks.
Paul Pierce was a game time decision and played almost 40 minutes and looked good out there. He slipped on the floor at one time and landed awkwardly which had everyone holding their breath, but he seemed to have no ill effects from the injury he suffered in the Jazz game. He finished with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 1 steal.
Big Baby again got almost 4 more minutes than Leon Powe, but Leon out played Big Baby even in fewer minutes. Big Baby had 2 points and 1 rebound in almost 14 minutes of play while Leon made the most of his 10 minutes with 4 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block.
Ray struggled with his shot once again, shooting just 5-15 from the court, but hit two very clutch free throws at the end of the game to seal the win.
Eddie House was back after missing the last game due to the death of his aunt and finished with 3 points and 1 rebound in 11 minutes. Tony Allen had 4 points, 2 rebounds and 1 steal and played some good defense in his 13 minutes. After filling in for Eddie House in the last game, Gabe Pruitt logged a DNP coach's decision.
It seemed like the Hawks beat the Celtics to all the loose balls and offensive rebounds. But the Celtics kept their poise down the stretch and somehow pulled out the 88-85 win to keep their 16 game win streak alive.