In the second of a back to back series against the Sixers, the Celtics were looking to gain revenge against their division rival. Yesterday, the Celtics lost in heartbreaking fashion when Evan Turner hit a late jump shot to finish the C’s in overtime. Today, the Celtics definitely looked to play at the top of their level.
The first quarter started out with great Celtics offense. Rondo, Bass, and Pierce were getting it done offensively scoring points and helping spread the floor against the Sixers. The Sixers were struggling to hit shots and the Celtics kept pushing it. When Jeff Green entered the game, he brought an extra spark for Boston and helped contribute in many ways defensively and offensively. The Celtics held a 24-16 lead after the first quarter.
The second quarter began with Kevin Garnett hitting the first two shots for the Celtics. For Celtics’ fans, it looked like a blowout was going to happen. However for a bit, the Sixers led by Jason Richardson weren’t going to submit. However after great outside shooting by Pierce, Rondo, and Jason Terry, the Celtics gained a lead a substantial lead of 48-28 after the end of the quarter.
After halftime, something clicked with the Sixers. It was new game. Thaddeus Young exploded with a quick eight points and Jrue Holiday was knocking down crucial shots. They cut the Celtics lead to as low as eight. However, the Celtics were spared complete collapse with the stellar play of Chris Wilcox and Kevin Garnett who both had crucial baskets to help silence the Sixers’ runs. The score after the third frame was 70-57 Boston.
The fourth quarter was essentially both teams switching off between baskets. It didn’t really help the Philadelphia cause by allowing every basket of theirs to be a Jeff Green and Brandon Bass bucket. The Celtics got the lead up to 20 at one point and the game seemingly seemed over and it was. The Sixers scored some garbage basket to make their loss more respectable with a 13 point defeat. The Celtics beat the Sixers, 92-79.
Jeff Green had 16 points. Kevin Garnett had 19 points. Rondo tallied 11 assists. Thaddeus Young led Philadelphia with 22 points.