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Kevin Garnett hit a jumper with 31 seconds to play on the way to the win Thursday night.
The Hawks threatened late but the Celtics finished them off to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Jim Davis/globe staff
Paul Pierce celebrated with fans after the Celtics' Game 6 victory Thursday night.
The Hawks' Josh Smith had 19 points and nine rebounds in the loss.
Rajon Rondo (left) and Paul Pierce slapped hands after a play in the second quarter.
Charles Krupa/associated press
Josh Smith of the Hawks leapt and towered over Rajon Rondo after the Celtics guard faked a shot in the second quarter.
The Hawks' Al Horford fought for the ball with Avery Bradley.
Paul Pierce drove past the Hawks' Josh Smith during the first quarter.
Ray Allen lost control of the ball as he was pressured by Kirk Hinrich (left) and Josh Smith.
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