Anyone who thought the Celtics would come out slow after three days off was wrong. Anyone who thought this game would be easy, they were also wrong. The Celtics used a strong first half to get the lead up to as much as fifteen before allowing the pesky 76ers team to get back into the game. The Sixers shocked the Celtics winning by a score of 98-7. Here are some quick notes from the game, check back later for a full recap and our thoughts about the game.
- The Celtics came out ready to play tonight, they led by as much as ten in the first quarter and lead 24-17
after one quarter of play.
- Kevin Garnett led the way after one quarter with 8 points, while Ray Allen (2 3pt Field Goals) and Kendrick Perkins had six a piece.
- The combination of good Celtics defense, along with the huck-a-shot up offense run by the 76ers, the Celtics held the sixers to 30.7% shooting in the first quarter.
- Rasheed Wallace picked up a foul with 5:35 left in the second quarter, argued the call and ultimately got tossed from the game. These were his 9th and 10th technicals of the year. You may ask who the ref was. None other than the man, the myth, the legend, Bill Kennedy.
- The Celtics took a 53-42 lead into the locker room. The ball movement in the first half was spot on, leading to many easy baskets. Tony Allen surprisingly had 10 points in the second quarter and was tied with Garnett for the team high at the half. Kendrick Perkins also showed he was a beast in the first half, he was only one point shy of a double-double at half with 9 points and 13 rebounds.
- The Sixers used an early 10-0 third quarter run to get back into the game. The Celtics hung on to a 76-72 at the end of the three. Garnett continued to lead the way with 17. The Celtics didn’t do much right in the quarter and that was a big reason why the game was as close as it was. They struggled on the boards, turned the ball over, and didn’t have the flow on offense they had in the first half.
- The Celtics failed to put the 76ers away in the fourth, and at one point around the four minute mark the Sixers took a three point lead. The teams battled back and forth swapping one point leads for the majority of the quarter. Elton Brand tipped one in with 7.7 seconds left that sealed the deal.
- Brand led the way with 23, Garnett had 21 for the Celtics.