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GAME OF DAY : ATLANTA 97, BOSTON 86 : Hawks fly past Celtics in Boston

November 14, 2009|Associated Press

BOSTON — Joe Johnson scored 24 points, Jamal Crawford had 18 and the Atlanta Hawks pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 97-86 win over the Boston Celtics on Friday night.

Josh Smith scored 14 and Al Horford had 12 points and 13 rebounds as the Hawks (7-2) continued their strong start, sending Boston to its second straight Friday night home loss.

Last week, Phoenix gave Boston (8-2) its first loss of the season after a 7-0 start.

Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 24 points despite bruising his left knee early in the third quarter.

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