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The Celtics did not remain perfect Saturday, falling to the Philadelphia 76ers 96-78. Their record drops to 3-1 (4-1 if you count the shortened game against the Nets) while the Sixers improved to 1-4. Two members of the Big Three, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, did not suit up for the game. In their absence, Ray Allen led the team with 16 points.
Center Kendrick Perkins also did not play. The C’s featured a starting lineup of Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Brian Scalabrine and James Posey at the forward positions, and Leon Powe at center. The Celtics led 56-54 with less than 7 minutes to play in the third quarter, but lost the lead for good soon thereafter. The C’s were never that close at the end of any quarter, down by 10 in the first, second, and third quarters before losing by 18.
What They Said
Doc Rivers on Rondo playing all preseason:
“Rajon’s young – he needs the work.”
Stat Line of the Game: Rajon Rondo