Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Rajon Rondo recorded a triple-double, scoring 10 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and handing out 20 assists as the Celtics held on for an 88-86 victory over the Hawks at TD Garden on Wednesday.
Both teams had a shot to win the game in regulation, but Kevin Garnett came up short on his turnaround attempt and Jannero Pargo missed a wide-open jumper on the other end to send the game to overtime.
Boston scored the first four points in the extra frame and used its defense to hang on as the Hawks turned the ball over three times and missed all three of their field goals over the final two minutes.
Garnett finished with 22 points and 12 boards before fouling out with 2:43 left in overtime. Brandon Bass chipped in 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Paul Pierce tallied 14 points to lead the Celtics to their fourth straight win.
Jeff Teague led the Hawks with 21 points and Josh Smith recorded a double- double with 20 points and 11 rebounds, but the Hawks saw their three-game win streak come to an end.
Boston, Atlanta and the Orlando Magic all hold identical 34-24 records, with Boston holding the fourth spot as the Atlantic Division leader and Atlanta occupying the fifth position.
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