Celtics beat Hawks 99-65 to advance to second round

BOSTON (AP) _ Kevin Garnett took a behind-the-back pass from
Paul Pierce, slammed in the dunk to give Boston a 36-point,
third-quarter lead and then slashed his hand across his throat to
signal what the Atlanta Hawks already knew.
He said, ``It's over.''
The game. The series. The surprising little scare Atlanta put
into the NBA's best.
Garnett had 18 points and 11 rebounds, Pierce scored 22 points,
and the Celtics turned back the pesky Hawks with a 99-65 victory
today in Game Seven of their playoff series, earning a second-round
matchup with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Round 2 begins Tuesday night, and the Boston fans are ready,
yelling, ``We want Cleveland!''
Joe Johnson led the Hawks with 16 points.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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