Paul Pierce netted 27 points and Kevin Garnett added 24 points and nine rebounds to lead their Boston Celtics past the Miami Heat 115-107 last night at American Airlines Arena. Rajon Rondo posted double-digit assists for the 18th straight game and the Celtics are looking better than ever with just nine games left on the regular season schedule. The C’s will have no time to celebrate their recent success as they travel north to face the Atlanta Hawks tonight at home.
Boston currently ranks 4th in the East at 33-24. While Boston would secure the fourth seed by winning the Atlantic Division, the Hawks could still earn home court advantage in the first round if they finish with a better record. The Celtics and Hawks will match-up against each other tonight and again on April 20th in Atlanta.
The official ruling states: “The first four seeds in each conference will be given to the three division winners and the team with the next best regular season record, but these four teams will be seeded in order of their regular season records. Home court advantage throughout the NBA playoffs will be based solely on regular season record, not playoff seeding, thus a divisional winner that has a higher playoff seed than an opponent will not necessarily have home court advantage in the playoff series.” Stay tuned for more Boston Celtics updates.