Here are the stars, studs and duds from Boston’s 108-98 over Atlanta.
Boston’s surge began in the third quarter which when Horford did some of his best work. Horford finished with 21 points on 8-for-15 shooting with six rebounds and five assists.
A highly efficient scorer in the frontcourt, Turner had 19 points on 7-for-9 shooting.
It was yet another efficient night shooting the ball for Kyrie Irving. He finished with 25 points on 11-for-20 shooting.
Nobody was due for a breakout scoring night more than Smart who had 15 points on 7-for-8 shooting along with six rebounds and five assists.
Filling in for an injured Victor Oladipo, Stephenson had a near double-double with 16 points and eight rebounds.
Celtics first half defense
Indiana got pretty much what they wanted offensively which allowed them to bolt out to a double-digit halftime lead. But the Celtics tightened up their defense, increased their aggression and pulled away for another impressive win.