ATLANTA (AP)—It’s all a matter of playing time for Bob Sura.
Sura had 15 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds to become the first Atlanta player to have two straight triple-doubles. The 6-foot-3 guard had 12 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds Friday night in a 116-101 win at Chicago for the first triple-double of his career.
“I’m thrilled by the way I’m playing. I’ve come close (to a triple-double) a couple of times, but never like this. I’m getting a lot of minutes and showing what I can do,” said Sura, who played 35 minutes.
Atlanta coach Terry Stotts said, “I can’t remember being part of a player getting back-to-back triple-doubles.”
Sura is averaging 14.4 points, 8.4 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 25 games with Atlanta.
In 16 games as a starer, Sura’s averaging 16.3 points, 9.8 rebounds and 5.6 assists in 16 games.
“It’s no fluke. I’ve been playing well for 25 games now and it couldn’t happen at a better time since I’ll be a free agent at the end of the season,” he said.
Sura averaged 3.8 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 53 games with the Pistons.
The Celtics lost their fourth straight and still need one more win or a Philadelphia loss to clinch the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot.
“You get frustrated, but at the same time, you have to realize you have two games left to still try to get in the playoffs,” said Paul Pierce, who scored 19 points. “We still feel good about ourselves. We’ve played like a tired team. We just have to get back to practice tomorrow and regroup.”
Philadelphia, with three games left, is at New Jersey on Sunday. The Celtics, with two games left, play at home on Monday night against Miami and Wednesday night against the Hawks.
“There’s no pressure. We have two home games left,” said Boston’s Chuck Atkins, who had 10 points and nine assists.
The 76ers are at home against Indiana on Tuesday night and at Orlando on Wednesday night.
The Hawks built a 63-46 halftime lead with Crawford scoring 19 points, Jackson 16 and Terry 11. Pierce had 15 points in the half for the Celtics.
“We put ourselves in such a big hole in the first half, it was difficult to get ourselves out of it,” Atkins said.
Atlanta upped its lead to 65-46 on a basket by Jason Collier 15 seconds into the second half and Boston never got closer than nine. That came with 52 seconds left in the third period when Pierce made a free throw to get Boston within 82-73.
Jackson then hit a basket with 40 seconds left and Sura followed withanother 17 seconds later and Atlanta led 86-74 entering the final period. ^Notes: Terry has made 26 consecutive free throws, including 6-for-6 Saturday night. … Sura left the game with about five minutes remaining after getting hit accidentally in the lip by Blount and needed two stitches to close the cut. … The Celtics are 12-10 since acquiring Atkins from the Pistons. He’saveraging 12.6 points a game with Boston.