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Bayless, Rondo lead Celtics past Hawks, 115-104

  • Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver (26) defendsBoston Celtics guard Jerryd Bayless (11) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver (26) defendsBoston Celtics guard Jerryd Bayless (11) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) drives against Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Scott and guard Dennis Schroder, left rear, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) drives against Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Scott and guard Dennis Schroder, left rear, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo receives treatment on his chin from trainer Ed Lacerte after cutting himself diving for the ball against the Atlanta Hawks during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo receives treatment on his chin from trainer Ed Lacerte after cutting himself diving for the ball against the Atlanta Hawks during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll (5) shoots a reverse layup against Boston Celtics forwards Jeff Green (8) and Brandon Bass (30) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll (5) shoots a reverse layup against Boston Celtics forwards Jeff Green (8) and Brandon Bass (30) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo dives on the floor to beat Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll to a loose ball during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo dives on the floor to beat Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll to a loose ball during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo dives on the floor to beat Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll to a loose ball during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo dives on the floor to beat Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll to a loose ball during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll, left, passes the ball under pressure from Boston Celtics forward Gerald Wallace during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll, left, passes the ball under pressure from Boston Celtics forward Gerald Wallace during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver (26) defendsBoston Celtics guard Jerryd Bayless (11) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver (26) defendsBoston Celtics guard Jerryd Bayless (11) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll, left, passes the ball under pressure from Boston Celtics forward Gerald Wallace during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll, left, passes the ball under pressure from Boston Celtics forward Gerald Wallace during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver (26) defendsBoston Celtics guard Jerryd Bayless (11) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) drives against Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Scott and guard Dennis Schroder, left rear, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo receives treatment on his chin from trainer Ed Lacerte after cutting himself diving for the ball against the Atlanta Hawks during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll (5) shoots a reverse layup against Boston Celtics forwards Jeff Green (8) and Brandon Bass (30) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo dives on the floor to beat Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll to a loose ball during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo dives on the floor to beat Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll to a loose ball during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll, left, passes the ball under pressure from Boston Celtics forward Gerald Wallace during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver (26) defendsBoston Celtics guard Jerryd Bayless (11) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll, left, passes the ball under pressure from Boston Celtics forward Gerald Wallace during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

BOSTON – Jerryd Bayless scored a season-high 29 points in a rare start, and Rajon Rondo added 22 points and 11 assists to help the Boston Celtics break a five-game losing streak with a 115-104 victory over the slumping Atlanta Hawks last night.

Six players scored in double figures for Boston. Rondo’s double-double was his second straight and fifth overall since he returned from a knee injury on Jan. 17.

Jeff Teague had 26 points and DeMarre Carroll scored 24 off the bench for Atlanta, which lost for the 10th time in 11 games.

Back home after an 0-4 West Coast trip, the Celtics had only nine healthy players after a sore toe forced rookie Kelly Olynyk to the bench alongside regular starters Jared Sullinger and Avery Bradley.

The Hawks were missing five injured players, including starters Al Horford and Paul Millsap.

Kyle Korver had 17 points for the Hawks, including four 3-pointers.

Celtics Coach Brad Stevens decided to start Bayless alongside Rondo and have Gerald Wallace (12 points) come off the bench. Bayless had his best game since being traded to the Celtics on Jan. 6, with 21 second-half points – including four 3s in the third quarter.

The Hawks hit their first six shots en route to a 13-2 lead just 3:25 into the game, then raced off to a 23-8 advantage before the Celtics rallied behind Rondo’s 11 first-quarter points to close to 27-25.

Boston took a 58-56 halftime lead. Carroll had 17 points for the Hawks, who hit six 3s in the first half – three by Korver – to keep it close.

Teague scored 10 points in the third quarter, and Boston took an 81-79 lead into the final period.

Cavaliers 114, Thunder 104

Kyrie Irving scored 14 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter to help Cleveland beat Oklahoma City, giving the Thunder their third straight loss since the All-Star break.

Kevin Durant had 28 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, Russell Westbrook had 24 points and nine assists, and Serge Ibaka added 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Thunder.

BULLS 103, WARRIORS 83

Taj Gibson scored 21 points, Carlos Boozer added 15 points and 13 rebounds, and Chicago used a big third-quarter run to win for the seventh time in eight games by pounding Golden State.

MAVERICKS 108, PELICANS 89

Dirk Nowitzki shook off an early shoulder issue to finish with 18 points in Dallas’s victory and New Orleans All-Star Anthony Davis was knocked out of the game with a similar problem.

SPURS 120, PISTONS 110

Marco Belinelli had 20 points to lead eight San Antonio players in double figures, and the Spurs worked through a lethargic start to beat Detroit.

GRIZZLIES 108, LAKERS 103

Courtney Lee scored 18 points, Marc Gasol had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Memphis weathered Los Angeles’ late 3-point shooting display.

MAGIC 101, 76ERS 90

Jameer Nelson scored 12 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter and Nik Vucevic had 21 points and 13 rebounds to help Orlando snap a 16-game road losing streak.

Nelson added 12 assists for the Magic, who last won on the road at Chicago on Dec. 16. Victor Oladipo added 17 points, and Maurice Harkless and Tobias Harris scored 13 apiece.

Thaddeus Young had 19 points for the Sixers, who lost their 12th straight overall and 11th in a row at home. Tony Wroten scored 15 points, Eric Maynor 13 and Henry Sims 10 for Philadelphia, which bought out the contract of Danny Granger earlier Wednesday.

The 76ers finished 0-11 in February.

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