The Sixers beat the Celtics, 98-83, in a game lacking Truth or firm Answers from either side. The Sixers made more shots than they missed, and that ultimately proved to be the difference.
Andre Iguodala led Philadelphia with 31 points and nine assists. Iguodala, who said before the game he would not participate in any more slam-dunk contests, impressed the crowd with an array of dunks. The Sixers ended a 12-game losing streak with the win.
There were two bright spots for Boston on the night, and they were apropos given the Celtics’ opponent. Gerald Green and Al Jefferson performed very well against the Sixers after finding themselves part of the Allen Iverson trade rumors for the past month. Celtics fans disappointed to see Iverson debut in Denver’s powder-blue tonight had to be relieved that the future core of the team was still in place.
Jefferson continued his dominance in the post for the Celtics. Big Al nearly had a double-double by halftime and finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds. The Sixers elected not to double-team Jefferson for most of the game, and the Celtics forward took advantage and beat Samuel Dalembert with his superior footwork.
Gerald Green started in place of Paul Pierce and also had a standout game. Green (20 points, nine rebounds) attempted more shots than anyone else on the team, a stark contrast to the sometimes hesitant player Celtics fans saw last season. Green shot the ball poorly, but fans still urged him to shoot every time he touched the ball because he was getting good looks.
We’ll be back soon with reaction from the locker rooms.