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The Celtics were without Kevin Garnett (out until the playoffs) and Ray Allen (serving a one-game suspension), and still managed to beat the slumping, yet playoff-bound Philadelphia 76ers Tuesday night 100-98.
Paul Pierce put up an incredible effort without his star teammates, scoring a game-high 31 points on 12-16 shooting and seven three-pointers. Another Allen (Tony) filled in and scored 18 points for the Celtics, who will likely face the Sixers in the first round of the playoffs.
Leon Powe, who hadn’t played since March 17, returned to the starting lineup in for Kevin Garnett. He finished with 10 points and four rebounds. Big Baby added 15 points, five rebounds, and two steals off the bench.
Andre Iguodala led the slumping Sixers with 25 points and seven assists. Andre Miller threw in 15 points and dished out nine assists in the losing effort.
The Celtics close out the regular season Wendesday night against the Wizards.