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Game 22: Celtics (17-4) at 76ers (7-14)

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  December 9, 2010 06:03 PM

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The Sixers might need a little trick-shot magic. The Celtics have won six straight in the Wells Fargo Center.

Starters
Celtics
PG Rajon Rondo
SG Ray Allen
SF Paul Pierce
PF Kevin Garnett
C Shaquille O’Neal

76ers
PG Jodie Meeks
SG Jrue Holiday
SF Andre Iguodala
PF Elton Brand
C Spencer Hawes

Officials: Ken Mauer, Scott Wall, Leon Wood

Notes:
Streaking: The Celtics’ eight-game winning streak is the second longest in the league behind the Mavericks’ 10-game tear. They’ve piled them up by beating the teams they’re supposed to beat (New Jersey twice, Toronto, Cleveland, and Denver last night without Carmelo Anthony).

Hot Hands: The past five games, the Celtics have had five different players (Ray Allen, Nate Robinson, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett) lead the team in scoring. The last time it happened for the Celtics was 1991 when Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, Kevin Gamble and Reggie Lewis all did it.

Foot Patrol: Rajon Rondo and Nate Robinson are both “grinding it out.” Rondo may or may not have looked like himself last night, even though he dropped 13 dimes. Nate Robinson said that even though he’s padding his shoes heavily, his feet still hurt whenever he comes to a stop.

Sixers heating up: After starting the season 3-13, the Sixers have won four of their last five. Jodie Meeks looks solid in the starting lineup and Andre Iguodala looks healthier after a long summer with Team USA.

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