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The Celtics sure did survive the 76ers. After trailing by 5 at the end of the first half, the C’s kicked it up a notch in the 3rd and 4th quarters, outscoring the 76ers by 15 en route to a 113-103 win (NBA Box Score). Kevin Garnett led five Celtics in double figures, posting 22 points. Paul Pierce, however, ignited the C’s in the second half by scoring 13 points to finish with 19 points and 12 assists.
The C’s just did not look good in the first half. They looked as sloppy as they did against the Cavs. Thankfully, they were facing a 5-12 team with no real superstar scorer. I would consider Andre Iguodala their premiere scorer, and he didn’t disappoint finishing with 24 points on 10-of-17 shooting. PG Andre Miller played above his head for the Sixers, having an Allen Iverson-like game. Traded for AI last season, Miller finished with 26 points and 12 assists.
It seemed all night that the Sixers would never stop making shots. They did, after all, finish the game going 44-79 (55.7%) from the field. That total topped the Celtics’ mark of 52.6% from the field. The game was won, however, behind the arc and from the line. The C’s went 10-22 (45.5%) from beyond the arc and 23-26 (88.5%) from the FT line. By comparison, the Sixers went just 4-14 (28.6%) from 3 and 11-16 (68.8%). Obviously, the C’s hit the most important shots when it mattered.
Ray Allen had another poor shooting performance despite the win, going 3-12 from the floor for 12 points. He relies a lot on his outside shot. If that’s not on, he has to find other ways to score, like via layups or 5-foot shots. He’s capable of driving to the hoop, but could be more effective if he dishes it down low to Garnett and let KG do his work.
Either way, there’s not much to complain about with the Celtics. They may start slow sometimes, but more often than not they pull out the victory. They have the best record in the NBA at 15-2! Next up is the Raptors this Friday night at 7 p.m.