It was a tale of two halves as the Boston Celtics shook off a sloppy start to come roaring back in an 89-81 win over the Atlanta Hawks.
The C's showed amazing resilience in their second game in as many nights after falling behind early. Lou Williams and Jeff Teague torched the Celtics guards early, but after halftime, the floodgates that had been open for the game's first 24 minutes stayed shut.
Rajon Rondo put up a triple-double, and Paul Pierce keyed a third-quarter surge that saw the C's turn a 15-point halftime disadvantage into a nine-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Boston won its second game in a row and moved to 16-17 on the year, while the loss knocked the Hawks down to 20-12.
If we'd stopped grading at halftime, every Celtics player would have failed, but thanks to an defensively dominant effort after the break, Boston came out of this one with some impressive marks.