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Final: Celtics 109, 76ers 101

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  March 5, 2013 07:22 PM

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Final: Celtics 109-101: Celtics improve to 12-4 since Rajon Rondo's injury with a gritty win in a difficult place to play. Avery Bradley leads Boston with 22 points and Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce each score 18. Jordan Crawford helps out with 12 off the bench. The Indiana Pacers await the Celtics tomorrow.

Fourth quarter, 38.3, Celtics 103-96: The 76ers have scored the last 5 points and now the Celtics are just trying to hang on as Philadelphia plays the foul game.

Fourth quarter, 2:25, Celtics 99-89: The Celtics haven't been good offensively at all in the fourth quarter but they have forced enough bad shots and defensive stops to hang on here. The 76ers are 5-for-19 shooting in the final period as Dorell Wright just missed two wide-open jumpers that would have made it interesting.

Fourth quarter, 4:43, Celtics 97-85: The Celtics are surviving here as the 76ers had the ball trailing by 8 points but missed a layup and Paul Pierce came back with a dagger 3-pointer for a 11-point advantage just moments ago. Pierce is 4-for-4 from the 2-point line but 2-for-6 on 2-pointers as he is four assists from a triple double. Jordan Crawford has helped out with 10 points in 15 minutes with 3 rebounds and 3 assists as the Celtics try to close this one out.

Fourth quarter, 10:42, Celtics 86-74: A 3-pointer and quirky 2-point runner by Jordan Crawford has sparked a 7-0 run and moved the lead back to 12. Crawford has 7 points for the Celtics.

End of third quarter, Celtics 79-74: A terrible final 73 seconds of the quarter as the 76ers roll off 8 straight points off four Celtics turnovers and now the game has become interesting again after the Celtics led by 13 just a few moments ago. The Celtics now have 17 turnovers, good for 20 Philadelphia points as the undermanned 76ers continue to play hard. Avery Bradley has 22 points for the Celtics.

Third quarter, 4:04, Celtics 71-60: Avery Bradley has 20 points while Paul Pierce is four assists from a triple double as the Celtics continue to fight off 76ers rallies and try to make it an easier night than usual at this House of Horrors. Pierce has 15 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists while Kevin Garnett has 14 points in 19 minutes. The 76ers are playing sloppy ball but are scraping their way back into the game. Thaddeus Young has 13 points.

Third quarter, 9:50, Celtics 59-48: It's turned into an Avery Bradley shooting clinic as he continues to drain every perimeter jumper he can take. He is 8-for-9 shooting with 18 points as the Celtics are trying to create some distance. Kevin Garnett has 12 for Boston.

Halftime, Celtics 53-46: It seems like the Celtics should be up more because they have outplayed Philadelphia thoroughly through 24 minutes but they had defensive lapses, such as when Chris Wilcox missed an alley-oop dunk and then allow Spencer Hawes to run the floor for the layup. The Celtics are shooting 48 percent and are 5-for-9 from the 3-point line but the 76ers are killing the Celtics with 12 second-half points. Thaddeus Young has 10 for Philadelphia.

Second quarter, 6:01, Celtics 36-34: The Celtics have led by as many as 7 points but the 76ers keep hanging around, thanks to 8 points apiece from Thaddeus Young and Jrue Holiday and some solid play from Royal Ivey. The Celtics are moving the ball well but have missed 18 of 33 shots and are 10-for-27 if you take away a 5-for-6 night from Kevin Garnett.

End of first quarter, Celtics 26-23: Boston actually led by 7 before allowing the 76ers to score the last two baskets of the quarter. It's one of those Jeff Green nights. He already has 7 points while Chris Wilcox has 4 points and four rebounds. Jrue Holiday already has 8 points for Philadelphia, which is 11-for-23 shooting.

First quarter, 3:08, Celtics 20-19: Boston is on a 7-0 run after the 76ers scored 6 straight. The Celtics are pushing the ball for easy baskets with Kevin Garnett on the bench and Avery Bradley running the offense. Both teams are shooting 9-for-18 from the field.

First quarter, 8:07, Tied at 11: Defense is optional so far as both sides are off to 5-for-7 shooting starts, hitting open jumpers. Kevin Garnett already has 6 points from Jrue Holiday has 4 and Evan Turner canned a 3-pointer for Philadelphia. He has averaged 21 points against the Celtics this season.

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