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NBA: Boston 88, Atlanta 86 (OT)

April 11, 2012 at 11:26 PM   |   Comments

BOSTON, April 11 (UPI) -- Brandon Bass and Paul Pierce made the only Boston baskets in overtime Wednesday, but they were enough to bring the Celtics an 88-86 win over Atlanta.

The teams combined for just six points in the extra period and there was no scoring for the final 2:25 after Kirk Hinrich hit a jumper for the Hawks.

Josh Smith misfired from 3-point range on Atlanta's final chance to win it with 4 seconds left.

Rajon Rondo paced the Celtics with a triple double that consisted of 10 points, 10 rebounds and 20 assists.

Boston won its fourth in a row and maintained a three-game lead over Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division.

Kevin Garnett had 22 points and 12 rebounds for Boston, but fouled out with 2:43 to go in overtime. Bass scored 21 points and had 10 boards.

Atlanta was paced by Jeff Teague with 21 points while Josh Smith had 20 points and 11 rebounds. Atlanta had won three straight.

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