Garnett, Celts Finally Finish Off Feisty Atlanta

Boston earns date with LeBron, Cleveland in the second round
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2008 5:18 PM CDT
Garnett, Celts Finally Finish Off Feisty Atlanta
Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce (34) drives past Atlanta Hawks' Marvin Williams during the first half of Game 7 of an NBA first-round playoff series in Boston, Sunday, May 4, 2008.    (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Kevin Garnett had 18 points and 11 rebounds, Paul Pierce scored 22 points, and the Celtics turned back the pesky Atlanta Hawks with a 99-65 victory Sunday in Game 7 of their playoff series, earning a second-round matchup with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Round 2 begins Tuesday night, and the Boston fans are ready.

"We want Cleveland!" they yelled as the Celtics bench nursed the game to its conclusion. Rajon Rondo, who missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer in the Game 6 loss that forced the series back to Boston, had 10 points and six assists while Kendrick Perkins had 10 points and 10 rebounds before joining the rest of the starters on the bench. (More 2008 NBA playoffs stories.)

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