Celtics 84, Sixers 80, end of game: The Celtics make it 14 in a row. The hard way, though, after engaging the Sixers in a seat-squirming tussle that went down to the final seconds when Kevin Garnett partially blocked an Andre Iguodala lane penetration to give the Celtics one last possession to get the ball into Ray Allen’s hands. Allen, who led Boston with 22 points, went to the line and iced it with a pair of foul shots with 5.6 seconds left. This marks the longest winning streak in the NBA since Boston won 14 straight during its 19-game win streak of 2008.
Celtics 82, Sixers 80, 1:02: After Elton Brand cuts it to 2, Shaq induces Brand to foul out, but misses a chance to seal it by missing both foul shots.
Celtics 82, Sixers 78, 1:36: After Williams hit a jumper to tie it, 78-78, the Celtics gained some breathing room (allowing the sellout TD Garden crowd to exhale) when Ray Allen hit a pair of jumpers to break the tie and Pierce followed with a step-back fadeaway to produce a 4-point buffer.
Celtics 78, Sixers 76, 2:55: Pierce makes two foul shots.
Sixers 76, Celtics 76, 3:17: KG goes to the line (courtesy of Battie’s third personal) and makes both foul shots to tie the game after a Holiday basket had given the Sixers a 76-74 lead.
Sixers 74, Celtics 74, 4:04: After Shaq (with a little courtside coaching from David Ortiz) makes a pair of foul shots, Kevin Garnett follows with a tying jumper.
Sixers 74, Celtics 70, 4:49: After Paul Pierce converts a midcourt steal into a breakaway dunk, he picks up his fifth personal on a putback by Tony Battie.
Sixers 72, Celtics 68, 6:05: Lou Williams breaks the tie and Tony Battie tacks on two more to give the visitors a 4-point lead.
Celtics 68, Sixers 68, 8:15: Timeout. Celtics look to press the reset button. KG, Pierce and Robinson (all playing with four fouls) are back in the game with Davis (three fouls) and Allen (no fouls).
Celtics 68, Sixers 68, 9:33: Tony Battie’s jumper ties it for the second time in the quarter since 66-66.
Celtics 64, Sixers 61, End of third quarter: Ray Allen and Von Wafer struck for huge 3-pointers in the final minute of the third to enable the Celtics to take a 3-point into the fourth. The Sixers own a lopsided 29-7 margin at the foul line. Allen now has 18 points for Boston while Elton Brand has 12 for the Sixers.
Celtics 58, Sixers 57, 2:36: The Big Shamrock! Shaq converts an alley-oop feed from Marquis Daniels for a rim-rocking dunk and a 1-point lead.
Sixers 57, Celtics 56, 3:16: Spencer Hawes on an offensive putback.
Sixers 55, Celtics 54, 4:06: Jrue Holiday induces Nate Robinson to commit his fourth personal and goes to the line where he makes the first of two attempts. Robinson joins Pierce and Garnett with four apiece.
Celtics 54, Sixers 54, 5:09: Spencer Hawes ties it with his jumper.
Celtics 54, Sixers 51, 5:46, Timeout: Celtics need to regroup. Pierce has just picked up his fourth personal (a ticky-tack call) and a technical to boot. After Jodie Meeks missed the free throw, Elton Brand induced Kevin Garnett to pick up his fourth personal. Big Baby Davis is now in the game for KG.
Celtics 52, Sixers 50, 7:07: After Shaq pulls the Celts within 50-49, Nate Robinson buries a three from the corner to give Boston its first lead of the second half.
Sixers 48, Celtics 47, 8:10 Paul Pierce follows up his first basket of the game with his first 3-pointer, pulling the Celtics within 1. He is now 2 for 8 from the field (1 of 4 from the 3-point arc.
Sixers 48, Celtics 44, 8:46: After missing his first seven shots of the game, Paul Pierce finally gets off the schneid.
Sixers 48, Celtics 42, 9:37 Ray Allen twice has answers for the Sixers.
Sixers 44, Celtics 38, halftime After Iguodala hits the first of two foul shots (courtesy of Pierce’s third personal), Wafer converts on a pretty baseline up-and-under, but Iguodala answers with a bucket of his own to give the Sixers a 6-point lead at the break. Ray Allen led the Celtics with 13 first-half points while Jrue Holiday and Iguodala each had 9 for the Sixers.
Sixers 39, Celtics 34, 2:31 Marquis Daniels makes a jumper to keep Boston within 5.
Sixers 39, Celtics 32, 3:44: Shaq picks up his third personal (and heads to the bench) after he flattened Andre Iguodala. Refs wisely decided against calling a flagrant. The contact didn’t seem to rise to that level. Iguodala hits both foul shots to give the Sixers their largest lead of the game.
Sixers 36, Celtics 30, 4:00 Thaddeus Young hits a pair of foul shots (courtesy of Garnett’s first personal) to make it 35-30 then gets to the line again (Shaq’s second personal) and makes the second of two attempts.
Sixers 33, Celtics 30, 6:10 Andre Iguodala, inducing Big Baby to commit his second personal, goes to the line for a pair of foul shots. Garnett off the bench to sub for Davis.
Sixers 31, Celtics 30, 6:10 Nate Robinson for threeeee! Celtics now within 1.
Sixers 31, Celtics 27, 6:38 Lou Williams, atoning for that earlier turnover, is on a mini-tear, having scored the last 5 in a row to give the Sixers a 4-point lead.
Celtics 27, Sixers 24, 8:48: Money! Avery Bradley turns over Lou Williams in the Sixers’ backcourt and converts on the breakaway scoop. Nice.
Celtics 25, Sixers 24, 9:19: After Glen Davis scores the first basket of the period for the Celtics, Andres Nocioni buries a trey to pull the Sixers within 1.
Celtics 23, Sixers 21, 10:51: Old friend Tony Battie has scored two consecutive baskets to pull the Sixers within two.
Celtics 23, Sixers, 17, End of quarter: Ray Allen buries a buzzer-beating, elbow jumper over Thaddeus Young to cap a Celtics 10-0 run in the final 3-1/2 minutes of the quarter. Ray now has 11 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the field. Nate Robinson, who started at point guard, departed with 1:52 remaining to have his ankle re-taped.
Sixers 17, Celtics 17, 2:00: Ray Allen makes back-to-back baskets to tie it.
Sixers 17, Celtics 13, 3:21: There’s that man Holiday again, heating up from the perimeter for a trey (his first of the game).
Sixers 14, Celtics 13, 3:39: SHAQ! Enough said.
Sixers 14, Celtics 11, 4:05: Jrue Holiday heating up for the Sixers. He hits again from the perimeter.
Celtics 11, Sixers 10, 4:54: Not much to report in the early going. Paul Pierce has yet to hit a basket, missing his first three. Both teams have shot 4 for 12.