Saturday, March 28, 2009
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ATLANTA - Boston rested Kevin Garnett, but showed off its depth as Glen Davis filled in with 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Celtics past the Atlanta Hawks 99-93 on Friday night.
Davis matched his career high in rebounds, and Ray Allen led Boston with 22 points.
Boston coach Doc Rivers held out Garnett, who's still experiencing soreness after missing 13 games with a right knee strain. Garnett played a limited role in four games after returning from the injury but now could miss more time as Rivers attempts to have the high-scoring forward healthy for the playoffs.
Rivers said Garnett, averaging 15.8 points and 8.5 rebounds was 'just not feeling great,' but would've been in uniform for a playoff game.
Atlanta took three home wins over the Celtics before falling in Game 7 in last year's first-round playoff series, but Boston has won three straight over the Hawks this season, including two at Philips Arena.
Boston twice led by 20 in the final quarter, the last time at 89-69 with 6:07 remaining. Flip Murray scored on a drive with 1:38 remaining to cut the lead to 93-88. Joe Johnson, who scored 22 points, hit a 3-pointer with 1:11 left to pull Atlanta within four at 95-91.