ATLANTA (AP) – The Atlanta Hawks became the last NBA team to win a game, outlasting the Boston Celtics 120-117 Wednesday night as Al Harrington scored 34 points.

Zaza Pachulia added 19 points and 13 rebounds as the Hawks finally won after losing their first nine games – the longest winless start in franchise history.

Joe Johnson scored 13 points, all in the second half, and made three free throws in the final 30 seconds to help the Hawks protect the lead.

Topping their previous scoring high for the season by 23 points, the Hawks finally won by shooting 56 percent from the field.

Paul Pierce hit a 3-pointer at the final buzzer for 33 points. Ricky Davis added 25 points for the Celtics, who fell to 0-4 on the road. Overall, Boston has lost four of its last five games.

The Hawks led 115-110 before hitting a dry spell as Harrington and Salim Stoudamire were called for offensive fouls. The call on Stoudamire wiped away a basket on his drive with 1:05 left and the lead down to three points.

Pachulia hit two free throws with 33 seconds left for a 117-112 lead.

The Hawks, who were 27th in the league with their average of 88 points per game, reached 100 points for the first time.

The game was anything but a defensive masterpiece. Each team shot 54 percent from the field in the first half and then picked up the pace. The teams combined for 71 points in the third period as the Celtics shot 71 percent and the Hawks 64 percent.

Even with Johnson playing only four minutes in the first half due to foul trouble, the Hawks led 61-60 at halftime behind Harrington’s 24 points.

Back-to-back baskets by Josh Smith – one on a jumper and one on an alley-oop jam on a pass from Johnson – gave the Hawks an 84-77 lead midway through the third period. Pierce scored 12 of the Celtics’ final 19 points of the period, including five in a 10-0 run, as Boston pulled even at 96.

The Celtics made 10 of 14 3-point shots through three periods. Dan Dickau had four 3-pointers and 14 points when he left the game with his fifth foul early in the final period. He fouled out late in the game without scoring again.

Notes: Celtics guard Delonte West was held out after suffering a hip-pointer against Cleveland Tuesday night. … The Hawks used their sixth different starting lineup in 10 games. Tyronn Lue and Smith moved back into the lineup, and Josh Childress and rookie Marvin Williams returned to backup roles. … Harrington’s 24 first-half points topped his previous season high of 23 points for an entire game. … The Hawks’ previous high was 97 points.


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