The Boston Celtics stayed undefeated in their division with yet another win, this one over the Philadelphia 76ers, 116-89 at a sold out TD BankNorth Garden.
This game was close for the first three quarters as the teams were neck and neck for most of the night. Tied at 29 after the 1st quarter, the teams went into the locker rooms with the Sixers on top at the half, 57-54. The Green came back a bit in the third and entered the fourth with a slim 78-73 lead. But when the final frame came around the Celtics turned it on and pulled away outscoring Philly 38-16.
The Celtics put 6 players in double figures led for the second game in-a-row by Ray Allen’s 23 points and 6 assists, Paul Pierce had 22, Eddie House, who started for an injured Rajon Rondo, had 15 points. Boston also got contributions from Tony Allen who had 12 points, Kevin Garnett was held to 11 points with 6 boards and 8 assists and Leon Powe chipped in with 10 points and 6 rebounds as the Celtics improved to 32-6.
The 76ers were led by Andre Iguodala with 17 points, 6 assists and 5 boards, Sam Dalembert had a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards, Andre Miller also had 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Jason Smith had 10 points.
Former UConn star Kevin Ollie did not play tonight for Philadelphia.
New England Patriots defensive lineman Richard Seymour took in the game courtside. He received a standing ovation during a second-half timeout when his picture appeared on the scoreboard along with the message: “Good Luck Pats. Beat the Chargers.”
The cheers were almost as loud when the board showed a woman in a San Diego jersey being attacked with Silly String by the Celtics mascot, Lucky.