After a 33-9 third quarter, the Boston Celtics recovered from an early deficit and never looked back. Behind Paul Pierce's 26 points, the Celtics topped the Atlanta Hawks 89-81 in the matchup of last year's first round playoff series.
The Celtics improve to 16-17, just one game under .500. The win marks their second straight, as they look to recover from a difficult start to the season.
The Hawks drop to 20-12, losing their second in a row.