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Turner, Holiday Help Sixers Get Revenge Against Celtics

The Philadelphia 76ers (3-2) were in Beantown on Friday night, looking to continue their win streak and beat the Boston Celtics (2-3) at TD Garden. Although they emerged victorious, the Sixers were looking to come back from a veryugly game in New Orleans in which they only managed to score 77 points. The last time the Sixers faced the Celtics, Rajon Rondo’s fourth-quarter heroics helped the Celtics close out Philadelphia in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Sixers, however, would have no part of a losing record and came out swinging Friday night, winning 106-100 over their division rivals.

Turner proved a lot of things on Friday night (via Philly.com).

The Celtics came out looking to push the tempo and catch the Sixers off guard. They scored the first six points of the game until Dorell Wright put the Sixers on the board and cut the Celtics lead in half with a well-timed, transition three-pointer (6-3 BOS). The Sixers continued to play slowly and the Celtics continued to play fast.

But, the Sixers would catch up. Halfway through the period, Jrue Holiday threw down a dunk to give the Philly the lead; Thaddeus Young would do the same thing thirty-five seconds later (13-10 PHI). With 4:13 remaining, Evan Turner silenced the Boston crowd with a very nice layup to put the Sixers up five, and the Sixers would not let go as they led 23-20 after one.

Nick “Swaggy P” Young started the second quarter with a spark with back-to-back three-pointers to put the Sixers up ten (31-21 PHI). Five minutes later, Young extended the lead to twelve with a dunk (41-29 PHI). He finished with 10 points on the night.

After a small Boston run, Evan Turner responded with a rare three-ball to put Philly back up by thirteen (46-33 PHI). With forty-seven seconds left, backup point guard Royal Ivey made two free throws to put the Sixers up fifteen, 57-42. You know the Sixers are really “sockin’ it to ’em” when Royal Ivey is in during the second quarter. The road team lead 57-46 at the half.

The Celtics made a small dent in the Sixers lead in the third, showing a veteran resolve with 5 points and an assists from Rajon Rondo within a span of 90 seconds. That, of course, was until Dorell Wright caught cotton with a three-ball to put the Sixers up eleven with 7:45 remaining (66-55 PHI). The Sixers lead by eight, 83-75, going into the final twelve minutes of play.

The Sixers got a scare in the fourth. Jason Terry nailed one of Boston’s four three-pointers on the night to bring them within three, 83-80, with 10:41 to play. Terry finished with 13 points on an impressive 5-of-7 (71.4 percent) shooting from the field.

The Sixers and Celtics proceeded to trade baskets for nearly five minutes until Jrue Holiday drove the first stake into the Celtics’ hearts; the young point guard nailed a corner three with 4:52 to play (98-92 PHI). He put another one in their hearts with a layup with only 40 seconds later following an Evan Turner block (100-92 PHI).

Evan Turner then iced the game with two free throws and a fast break dunk off of a Boston turnover to put the Sixers up six, 106-100. The score would then stay until the final buzzer.

The Sixers claim their first regular season win in Boston since December of 2009. They got their revenge on the Celtics because of last year’s playoff loss. But, more importantly, they move over .500 (3-2) with the win.

Apart from Holiday and Turner, the Sixers were led by Dorell Wright and Thaddeus Young, who each scored 15 points and contributed with multiple blocks, steals, rebounds, and assists. Foul trouble limited Spencer Hawes, but he still managed 8 points and 6 rebounds in only 22 minutes.

For the Celtics, the stars were Rajon Rondo (14 points and 20 assists), Kevin Garnett (19 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 steals), and Paul Pierce (24 points, 5 assists, and 2 steals).

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Evan Turner and Jrue Holiday are the Players of the Game. They both had double-doubles: Turner had 21 points and 11 rebounds while Holiday added 21 points and 14 assists. Jrue also made a few very timely baskets in the fourth quarter to help the Sixers close out Boston.

KEY TO THE GAME

The turning point of the game was the three-point shooting. The Sixers shot 7-13 from downtown and the Celtics shot 4-10. Philly outscored Boston from three point land by nine points, basically the difference in the game.

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Author:Austin Krell

Sixers beat writer and NBA analyst

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