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Celtics blow out Heat minus Garnett

at Celtics 23 26 36 21 106
Heat 23 10 26 18 77
Celtics lead series 2-0

BOSTON — Even without Kevin Garnett, the Celtics beat the Heat.

Easily.

With good-humored but hard-playing Glen Davis filling in Tuesday as the Celtics' emotional leader served a one-game suspension, Boston rolled to a 106-77 victory that Miami coach Erik Spoelstra called "embarrassing."

It gave the Celtics a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven first-round playoff series, and gave Davis a chance to reprise the nickname he hung on himself last year when he replaced the injured Garnett — known as the "Big Ticket" — in all 14 playoff games.

"The 'Ticket Stub' came," Davis said. "Whenever they need the 'Ticket Stub,' he'll be there."

Davis had 23 points and eight rebounds, and Ray Allen heated up in the third quarter and scored 25. Dwyane Wade led the Heat with 29.

With Garnett serving a suspension for elbowing Quentin Richardson in Game 1, Davis started and went aggressively to the basket to rebound and draw fouls.

"That's a case of one man impacting the game simply with his effort. I don't think they ran one play for him," Spoelstra said. "You cannot let a man's effort exceed yours. It's as simple as that."

The Heat took a 29-25 lead on a dunk by Jermaine O'Neal. But the Celtics used a 44-8 surge in the next 16½ minutes to go ahead 69-37 with 5:38 left in the third, capped by one of Allen's five 3-pointers in the quarter.

"Once the ball started moving and we started getting multiple stops, we were off and running," Boston coach Doc Rivers said.

Tempers stayed under control throughout, just three days after a skirmish with 40 seconds left in Boston's 85-76 victory led to Garnett's suspension without pay and Richardson's $25,000 fine.

Garnett wasn't allowed in TD Garden, but made a prerecorded appearance on the scoreboard above midcourt during a timeout in the first half.

Richardson was booed almost every time he touched the ball.

"The first game, I thought we gave it away," Wade said. "This time they took it. I thought they wanted it more than us."

MIAMI (77): Richardson 2-7 0-0 5, Beasley 6-14 0-0 13, O'Neal 1-10 0-1 2, Arroyo 1-6 2-2 4, Wade 11-18 2-7 29, Chalmers 3-5 2-2 10, Magloire 0-2 0-0 0, Haslem 4-9 0-0 8, Wright 1-3 0-0 2, Anthony 0-1 2-2 2, Jones 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 29-76 10-16 77.

BOSTON (106): Pierce 3-8 5-6 13, Davis 7-14 9-11 23, Perkins 5-8 3-4 13, Rondo 2-6 3-4 8, R.Allen 9-13 0-0 25, Wallace 2-6 2-2 6, T.Allen 2-5 0-0 4, Williams 1-4 0-0 2, Finley 1-3 0-0 3, Robinson 3-6 0-0 7, Daniels 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 36-75 22-27 106.

3-Point GoalsMiami 9-18 (Wade 5-8, Chalmers 2-4, Beasley 1-1, Richardson 1-3, Jones 0-1, Wright 0-1), Boston 12-20 (R.Allen 7-9, Pierce 2-3, Rondo 1-1, Finley 1-2, Robinson 1-4, Wallace 0-1). Fouled OutChalmers. ReboundsMiami 37 (Beasley 7), Boston 60 (Perkins 9). AssistsMiami 16 (Wade 5), Boston 26 (Rondo 12). Total FoulsMiami 26, Boston 14. TechnicalsWallace. A18,624 (18,624).

at Hawks 28 24 24 20 96
Bucks 20 26 16 24 86
Hawks lead series 2-0

ATLANTA — High-flying Josh Smith dominated inside. Joe Johnson stepped up outside when the Hawks needed him.

The result: Atlanta has a 2-0 lead in a best-of-seven series for the first time in 40 years.

Johnson took control in the fourth quarter to finish off a 27-point effort, Smith finished one assist shy of a triple double and the Hawks ran away from pesky but outmanned Milwaukee.

Smith played as though he's still upset about being snubbed for the All-Star game, when teammates Johnson and Al Horford were selected but he stayed home. Smith had 21 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists, plus two blocks and two steals.

"There's nothing he can't do on the floor," Hawks coach Mike Woodson said. "We just have to keep him playing at a high level, keep his head in the game and we'll be just fine."

This is the first time Atlanta has led 2-0 in a best-of-seven series since the Western Division semifinals in 1970. That team beat Chicago but lost to the Lakers in the division final.

"We're on edge," said Horford, a former Florida star who teamed with Smith to give the Hawks a big edge in the lane. "We can't take them lightly. We know it's going to be tough up there."

MILWAUKEE (86): Delfino 4-12 0-0 8, Mbah a Moute 4-8 0-2 8, Thomas 0-3 0-0 0, Jennings 3-15 2-2 9, Salmons 10-23 1-1 21, Gadzuric 3-4 0-3 6, Ilyasova 5-10 2-2 13, Stackhouse 5-8 3-4 15, Ridnour 3-6 0-0 6, Brezec 0-0 0-0 0, Ivey 0-1 0-0 0, Bell 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-90 8-14 86.

ATLANTA (96): Williams 4-10 3-4 11, Jos.Smith 9-11 3-3 21, Horford 8-13 4-5 20, Bibby 2-8 6-6 10, Johnson 12-23 1-2 27, Crawford 2-10 0-0 5, Pachulia 0-2 0-0 0, Evans 1-1 0-0 2, Teague 0-1 0-0 0, J. Smith 0-1 0-0 0, West 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 38-80 17-20 96.

3-Point GoalsMilwaukee 4-24 (Stackhouse 2-3, Ilyasova 1-2, Jennings 1-6, Ivey 0-1, Mbah a Moute 0-1, Ridnour 0-2, Delfino 0-4, Salmons 0-5), Atlanta 3-11 (Johnson 2-5, Crawford 1-2, Bibby 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMilwaukee 57 (Ilyasova 15), Atlanta 47 (Jos.Smith 14). AssistsMilwaukee 18 (Delfino, Salmons 4), Atlanta 26 (Jos.Smith 9). Total FoulsMilwaukee 21, Atlanta 14. A18,938 (18,729).

LATE MONDAY: With Utah running out of big bodies, Deron Williams stepped up with 33 points and 14 assists to lead the Jazz to a 114-111 victory in Game 2 at Denver, tying their West series. Utah was without two of its most experienced playoff performers, forward Andrei Kirilenko (calf) and center Mehmet Okur (torn left Achilles' tendon).

Celtics blow out Heat minus Garnett 04/21/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 1:43am]

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