Atlanta Hawks defeat Boston Celtics, 93-85

ATLANTA - The Celtics have hit a Southern cold snap on this road trip, understandably becoming susceptible to the flu bug.

They also are becoming allergic to the Atlanta Hawks, who took a 93-85 win over the Celtics last night.

The Celtics (25-9) fell behind by as many as 15 points in the third quarter, then rallied within 2 in the final quarter before fading again. The Hawks (23-12), who have now won both meetings with the Celtics this season, did it this time with some...

ATLANTA - After being outrebounded by Atlanta, 47-29, in a loss last month, the Celtics’ game plan going into last night was to hit the boards.

The Celtics followed that strategy in the first half (20-18), but the Hawks took a 21-16 edge in the second half (39-36 overall), keeping possession in the late going of a 93-85 victory.

“I thought we rebounded all night, until late in the game, when we gave three or four offensive rebounds,’’ Paul Pierce said, “and that real...