Boston Celtics defeat Atlanta Hawks, 104-92

It's a safe bet that Tony Allen's rust would have shown with or without the downpour outside TD Banknorth Garden last night.

Playing for the first time since Feb. 8 because of surgery on his left thumb, Allen struggled early in a 104-92 win over the Atlanta Hawks. The shooting guard played just three minutes in the first half and seven overall, finishing with 2 points, 2 rebounds, 2 turnovers, a block, and an assist.

"I expected [the rust]," he said. "But I got to ru...