This series was not supposed to go 7 games. And the Boston Celtics sent a message to the Atlanta Hawks and the rest of the NBA with the 99-65 pumbaling of the Hawks at the TD Banknorth Garden.

The Hawks had no answers for anything that the Celtics did, which was supposed to be the way things went. Paul Pierce defended his team’s home court by putting up 22 points. Kevin Garnett played a great game pounding home 18 points and snagging 11 rebounds. He also sent a message to Zaza Pachulia by standing straight up in Zaza’a path and letting the big Hawks forward run into him and get introduced with parquet floor.

Earlier in the game, Rajon Rondo got straight up gang tackled to the floor by Marvin Williams, who was booted from the game. Giving the Celtics forward a few free throw shots, he made them both. At that point the Celtics were already up 51-28 and it looked like more of a frustration play on Williams part. The Celtics then turned into a team that was pilling up the score, tossing behind the back passes and slamming home crowd shattering dunks. The Celtics starters all were on the bench by 10 minutes to go in the game, letting the back up players get some time and show the Hawks starters that even they are better than them.

The crowd knew the win was coming for the entire second half with chants like “We Want Cleveland” and towards the end doing their best impersonations of the Montreal hockey fans (whose team was eliminated last night) singing the good-bye song.

The Celtics will be off tomorrow and need to begin to focus on the Cleveland Cavaliers who will come to town on Tuesday to begin the best of 7 series.

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