Rajon Rondo had a triple-double with 17 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists to lead the Boston Celtics to a 90-84 overtime victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night and grab a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.
It was the seventh career playoff triple-double for Rondo, who missed Game 2 because he was suspended for bumping a referee in the closing minutes in Game 1.
Ray Allen also returned for Boston after missing almost a month and scored 13 points in 38 minutes. Kevin Garnett had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Paul Pierce had 21 points for the Celtics.
Joe Johnson scored 29 points, Jeff Teague had 23 points, while Tracy McGrady had 12 points for the Hawks.
Rondo scored Boston's first two baskets of the overtime -- the second by posting up Teague and knocking down a baby hook over him.
Boston never trailed from there.
The Celtics went on an 11-1 run to open a double-digit lead with 7 minutes to play in regulation, but Atlanta rallied and tied it 80-80 on Johnson's 3-pointer with 1:23 left. Both teams failed to score on its next two possessions, leaving the Celtics with the ball out of bounds with 3.9 seconds left.
Rondo inbounded to Pierce, who was defended by Johnson and had to take a long, fallaway jumper that bounced off the rim at the buzzer, that sent the game into overtime.
The Hawks played without forward Josh Smith because of a sprained tendon on his left knee.
Game 4 is on Sunday night in Boston.
Meanwhile, the Chicago Bulls continues to stuggle without their star guard Derrick Rose.
Spencer Hawes scored 21 points, grabbed nine rebounds and hit the go-ahead jumper late in the fourth quarter to help the Philadelphia 76ers rally to beat the Bulls 79-74 on Friday night and take a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference playoff series.
Hawes scored 10 clutch points in the fourth to give the eighth-seeded Sixers the surprising series lead.
The Sixers scored only 11 points in the third quarter and trailed by double digits early in the fourth before taking off against the battered Bulls.
Hawes keyed the surge and buried two free throws to make it 71-70 with 3:28 left.
Nursing a one-point lead, Noah missed two free throws giving the Sixers new life. Hawes hit a 20-footer for a 72-71 lead and Evan Turner made two free throws to extend the Sixers lead to three-points with 1:24 left.
The Bulls missed 10 straight field goals in a span of over five minutes in the fourth that allowed the Sixers' comeback.
Jrue Holiday scored 17 points and Turner had 16 points, while Lou Williams added 14 points for Philadelphia.
Carlos Boozer had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls and Richard Hamilton scored 17 points.
Game 4 is on Sunday in Philadelphia.
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