FINAL 96-86 Celtics: After Lou Williams hits one free throw, Paul Pierce is fouled again and hits two and this one is over. An ugly win but it never really felt like the Celtics would lose grip on this one. Washington's next with a chance to get win No. 40 on Sunday.
Kevin Garnett turns in another solid performance with 22 points and 8 rebounds while Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo each scored 16. Just seven points for Pierce.
44.4 94-85 Celtics: Thaddeus Young misses badly on 3-pointer and Kevin Garnett gathers rebound, is foul and hits two free throws.
55.9 92-85 Celtics: Pierce sinks two, the first Celtic points in 2 1/2 minutes.
55.9 90-85 Celtics: The C's try to hold on in the final minute but the offense has stopped scoring. Paul Pierce to the line for two shots.
2:33 90-83 Celtics: Boston seems intent of making this thing interesting even though the 76ers are a basket or two from being down for the count. Rajon Rondo just missed a dunk that could have made it a 9-point lead and Andre Iguodala was fouled on a layup atttempt. He goes to the line for two with a chance to make it a two-possession game.
5:50 84-78 Celtics: The C's had a chance to seal this one but a couple of empty possessions followed by a 3-pointer from Thaddeus Young and a couple of Lou Williams baskets has made this interesting.
7:36 80-74 Celtics: Philadelphia is beginning to make those mistakes that bad teams make in the fourth quarter and the Celtics have been efficient, if nothing else. Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen each have 16 while Lou Williams has 16 for the 76ers.
Where the Sixers are out of Answers and the Celtics can't go a day without someone on the injury report.
Allen might have seen this day coming, but that probably doesn't soften the blow.His basketball career is potentially over. His 4-year-old daughter is suffering from an undisclosed illness. And, now, his high-school sweetheart is leaving him.On Tuesday - the same day Sixers president and general manager Ed Stefanski announced that Iverson was done for the season - his wife filed for divorce.Tawanna Iverson declared in the divorce petition filed in Fulton County (Ga.) Superior Court, that their 8 1/2-year marriage is "irretrievably broken."Her Atlanta-based attorney, John Mayoue, declined to comment yesterday on what led to the decision. He said Tawanna, who typically shuns the media spotlight, had preferred that the case not be publicized. The Iversons have lived in Atlanta since August.News of the divorce was first reported yesterday by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution."Mrs. Iverson wishes this to be a private matter between her and her husband and therefore we will not be making any comment at this time," Mayoue told the Daily News.At Sixers practice yesterday, a team spokesman said the coaches and players would not comment on Iverson's personal situation. Stefanski also declined to comment.Iverson's agent, Leon Rose, had no comment.The couple has been living in a "state of separation," according to court papers filed by Tawanna Iverson. She is requesting sole custody of their five children, ages 17 months to 15 years.