BOSTON (AP) _ Paul Pierce scored 22 points and the Boston
Celtics grabbed a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals
by clobbering the visiting Atlanta Hawks 110-85.
Boston's ``Big Three'' each had a big game after the Celtics
blew a 10-point fourth-quarter lead in a Game-4 loss to the Hawks.
Kevin Garnett dropped in 20 points and Ray Allen added 19 while
helping the Celts shoot 54 percent.
The Hawks went on an 11-oh run to pull within 60-54 in the third
quarter. But Allen drained three 3-pointers in the middle of the
period to help Boston carry a 17-point lead into the fourth
Sam Cassell (kuh-SEHL') scored nine of his 13 points in the
second quarter. Cassell helped Boston's bench outscore the Hawks'
Joe Johnson scored 21 points after pouring in 35 in the Hawks'
Game-4 victory. Josh Smith added 18 points for the Hawks, who host
Game 6 on Friday.
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