Boston Celtics defeat Atlanta Hawks, 99-89

ATLANTA - The Celtics kept the Hawks from partying like it was 1999 last night.

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Even with its reserves playing most of the fourth quarter, Boston defeated Atlanta, 99-89, at a sold-out Philips Arena in a likely first-round playoff preview. Guard Sam Cassell scored 15 of his 20 points in the fourth to spark the Celtics.

The Hawks could have clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 1999 with a win over the Celtics after Indiana lost to ...

ATLANTA - The Celtics swept their three-game season series with Atlanta, posting an average victory margin of 14.3 points. The Celtics have three All-Stars and the NBA's top record while the Hawks have one All-Star and the worst record among playoff teams. And in the Celtics' last win over Atlanta, on the road last Saturday, the Boston bench played the vast majority of the fourth quarter.

Even so, former Atlanta great Dominique Wilkins isn't counting out the eighth-seed...