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Williams gets six of Celtics' 17 steals in win

ATLANTA (AP) -- With Tony Delk having to leave the team to be
with his sick daughter, Shammond Williams didn't like the
circumstances leading to his first start of the season.

Williams stepped in for Delk and had 19 points and six of
Boston's 17 steals as the Celtics won their third straight game
Saturday night, defeating the Atlanta Hawks 109-99.

"I'll talk to him later on this evening,'' Williams said.
"That's my fraternity brother, my teammate. I just pray for him. I
just hope everything will be fine.''

Paul Pierce scored 31 points and Antoine Walker added 22 for
Boston, which never trailed and scored 24 points off 25 turnovers.
Coming off a double-overtime win Friday night in Boston, the
Celtics beat Atlanta for the fourth straight time.

Pierce was happy for Williams, who was acquired with Vin Baker
in the July trade that sent Kenny Anderson and Joseph Forte to
Seattle. Williams played a season-high 39 minutes was two points
shy of his season high in points, set in a Wednesday victory over
New Jersey.

"He's capable, man,'' Pierce said. "That's the good thing
about this team. We know if somebody like Tony goes down, there's a
guy like Shammond who can fill his role and do his part.''

Celtics spokesman Bill Bonsiewicz said Delk flew to Charlotte to
be with his daughter, who is battling a case of pneumonia that's
exacerbated by sickle cell anemia.

He is excpected to rejoin the team Monday.

The Hawks pulled within three on two free throws by Shareef
Abdur-Rahim with 10:42 remaining, but they would get no closer.
Atlanta missed nine consecutive shots in the fourth quarter before
Glenn Robinson's 3-pointer from the left baseline made it 95-85
with 4:44 left.

Robinson led the Hawks with 24 points. He also committed a
season-high eight turnovers.

"We played one of best defensive games last night,'' Robinson
said. "Tonight we came back and had one of our worst.''

Jason Terry added 21 for Atlanta, but was only 5-for-13 from the
floor and missed six straight shots before hitting a meaningless
3-pointer with 15.5 seconds to go. The Hawks lost their third in a
row.

"We've just got to take better care of the ball,'' Terry said.
"Everybody knows that. We've got to get to the free throw line.
We've got to get aggressive.''

Williams shot 7-for-17, including 3-for-7 on 3-pointers, with
five assists and four rebounds. He credited Boston's defense for
the victory.

"We just play our style of defense, and we feel like our
defense is more than capable of helping us win if we do the things
we're supposed to do,'' Williams said. "If we do the things we're
supposed to do and stay focused, we're able to concentrate and take
care of business.''

Pierce's 14-foot fadeaway with 1:25 to go made it 105-96.
Walker, who had a triple-double on Friday, hit a 3-pointer from
the left side of the key for a 98-87 lead with 3:52 remaining.

Atlanta entered with an average of 19.17 turnovers, third-worst
in the NBA. The Hawks shot just 3-for-16 in the fourth quarter.

Abdur-Rahim scored 15 points on 2-for-9 shooting -- his lowest
number of field goals since Dec. 21 of last year. Atlanta was
outscored 26-8 in the paint.

"They were good at guarding the paint,'' Abdur-Rahim said. "A
lot of the stuff I do is in the paint. Got to adjust.''

Game notes
Reserve forward Darvin Ham was out with strep throat and
missed his first game for the Hawks. ... Pierce and Robinson each
had 10 rebounds. ... Atlanta was 4-0 at home before losing to
Minnesota on Wednesday. ... The Hawks have been horrible down the
stretch the last two nights, going a combined 3-for-14 in both
overtimes Friday and failing to score in the final 5:24 of the
fourth quarter in Boston's 105-98 win. ... Eric Williams missed his
first two shots but finished 6-for-8 from the floor and had 18
points. ... Atlanta's 25 turnovers matched a season high set at
Denver on Nov. 5.

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