Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Rajon Rondo made up for missing Game 2 in a big way, recording his seventh-career playoff triple-double to lift the Celtics to a 90-84 overtime victory over the Hawks in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal matchup at TD Garden on Friday.
Rondo scored the first four points for Boston in the extra session, but a Joe Johnson layup had the Hawks within two with under two minutes to play.
After both teams came up empty on their next possessions, Rondo got to the bucket but missed long on a layup attempt. However, Kevin Garnett was there for the putback slam to make it a four-point game and Boston went 2-of-4 from the line down the stretch to hang on for the victory.
Rondo, who missed Game 2 as he served a one-game suspension for making contact with an official in Game 1, finished with 17 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists. Game 2 hero Paul Pierce added 21 points while Garnett added a double- double with 20 points and 13 boards to give Boston a 2-1 edge in the series.
The Hawks, playing without star forward Josh Smith after he injured his knee late in their Game 2 loss, got 29 points from Johnson, while Jeff Teague chipped in 23 points and six assists.
Game 4 of the series is slated for Sunday in Boston.
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