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The Celtics were able to grab their 12th straight win in Philadelphia against the 76ers 100-99. This game went down to the final seconds with Ray Allen hitting a game winning three-pointer with 0.5 seconds left on the clock. The Celtics were lucky to pull this one off after some really sloppy play especially shown with a 28-8 run by the 76ers to finish off the first half.
The Celtics were also down several players with Kevin Garnett still out with the flu and Brian Scalabrine out indefinitely with his concussions. However, the Celtics continued on their winning ways thanks to some late efforts from Ray Allen and an all-around great game from Paul Pierce.
Pierce was the game’s leading scorer with 29 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists as he put the team on his back with the abscence of Garnett. Ray Allen was slow to start in the game, but finished with 23 points. Rajon Rondo played another strong game with 20 points of his own and 8 assists. Finally, Glen Davis, who started in place of Garnett, was impressive, with 12 points and 11 rebounds. The Celtics bench was weak, especially with Tony Allen also suffering flu-like symptoms, but he still played through them.
For Philadelphia, Andre Igoudala and Andre Miller led the way with 22 and 21 points respectively. Samuel Dalembert and Thaddeus Young also added 10 and 14 points apiece. Lou Williams was impressive off the bench with 11 points as well.
The game was very sloppy on the Celtics’ end and they were lucky to pull away with a win in this one. The Celtics had 20 turnovers in contrast to Philadelphia’s mere 9. Boston was also quickly in foul trouble with Glen Davis, Kendrick Perkins, and Leon Powe, causing concern with an already weakened bench. However, they were able to pull off the win. Next, the Celtics head back home on Thursday to take on the Lakers who they last saw and lost to on Christmas day.
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