Boston Celtics 94 FinalRecap | Box Score 95 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 32 MIN | 2-5 FG | 4-4 FT | 11 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +4

A very solid night from Lavoy (near double-double). I especially loved the pick-n-roll he scored on in the 3rd Q. He also dropped a sweet dime to Thad during the 4th. But for some reason KG seems to have figured Lavoy out, so now it’s Lavoy’s turn to adjust and get back to being Garnett’s kryptonite.

Thaddeus Young, SF 45 MIN | 7-18 FG | 3-4 FT | 12 REB | 2 AST | 17 PTS | +1

A slow start (2-8 on FGAs) led to not the most efficient offensive night by Thad, but he had some huge moments in this game and racked up a double-double.  His follow slam in the 2nd Q was awesome.  He also scored 4 straight points in OT and grabbed a key OREB in the extra session.

Evan Turner, SF 45 MIN | 10-26 FG | 4-6 FT | 10 REB | 5 AST | 26 PTS | 0

Yeah, I know he had 26 & 10.  And yeah, I know he hit the “game winner” in OT on a great hustle play. But I also know that he scored 26 points on an inefficient 26 shots and was (by my count) 2-11 on FGAs in the 4th Q and OT. He also had a totally bonehead play / TO at the end of regulation that nearly cost the 7-6 the game.  Finally, he got absolutely abused by Pierce on several trips down the floor.

Jrue Holiday, PG 43 MIN | 7-18 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 15 PTS | +4

A roller coaster night for Holiday that featured some poor shooting and interesting decisions on defense.  However, IMO his AND 1 at the end of the 1st half was a huge part of the Sixers finding their groove in this game. He also bailed the Sixers out with a huge jumper at the 2:30 mark of the 4th.

Jason Richardson, SG 42 MIN | 5-13 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 13 PTS | +5

Given his horrific shooting night, I have no idea how he scored 13 points, but I liked his defense and he hauled an amazing 42 minutes last night which is a lot for a veteran like J-Rich.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 7 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -2

DC gave him an opportunity and he did okay, but apparently not well enough to see minutes in the 2nd half.

Dorell Wright, SF 16 MIN | 0-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -5

It will be back to the Doug-house for Wright.

Spencer Hawes, C 22 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | -1

Spence’s best game since opening night.  He provided a huge lift off the bench for the 7-6 last night and his energy in the 3rd Q was a key to the run the Sixers made that got them in this game and eventually got them the lead.  Great block by him at the end of the 3rd!!!

Damien Wilkins, SG 14 MIN | 1-1 FG | 2-4 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 4 PTS | -1

Solid night by DW and I actually wish DC would have put him on Pierce a little more over the course of the game. He has a physical presence the other guards on the Sixers just don’t own.  Maybe he could have worn Pierce out some.  But his two missed FTAs in the late 3rd Q nearly killed me.


Seriously…He’s a $2million paper weight.  But I hear he is a great locker room guy. 


Is there any chance the ultra quick Wayns could have slowed down Rondo just a little?  I guess we will never know.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw…

1.  The Sixers made their move in this game during the closing seconds of the 2nd Q and the opening minutes of the 3rd. Spurred by a Holiday AND 1 at the 1st half buzzer, the Sixers went on an 11-2 run to grab a 57-52 lead in the early 3rd. The other keys to that run were a corner 3PM by Turner, a nice pick-n-roll that produced an open bucket for Lavoy and some high energy minutes from Hawes.  The C’s 8 TOs in this Q also helped.

2.  IMO, the 7-6 were very fortunate to win this game.  Jason Terry was an unheard of 1-12 on FGAs and some of those missed shots were wide open looks.  For some reason Rondo mysteriously decided to take a back seat in the 2nd half.  KG missed a chippie at the end of the 4th.  Rondo missed a fade away at the 4th Q buzzer.  Rondo missed / slipped on an easy look at the OT buzzer. Pierce also missed a key bunny in OT as well as several FTs down the stretch.  The usually ball secure C’s turned the rock over 19 times.  Meanwhile the Sixers shot 18% from deep, 73% from the stripe, scored only 9 FB points and had a stretch in the late 3rd Q into the early 4th, where they missed 15 of 18 FGAs.  It wasn’t a pretty W, but we’ll take it.

3.  Watching DC and Rivers, two of the better game coaches in the League, play chess made for great television, but I thought Collins made a significant strategy mistake in this game.  Too frequently Holiday ended up on Rondo and I think that is a huge mistake.  Forget about the fact that running the Sixers offense and then guarding Rondo is exhausting for Holiday and led to foul trouble last night.  I also think that Turner does a much better job defending the C’s point man and should stay with Rondo all over the court.

4.  The Sixers half-court offense continues to be a huge issue.  Boston really turned up the defensive intensity in the 4th Q and the Sixers looked lost in their sets.  The result was that the Sixers spent a lot of time moving the ball around the 3-point line until the shot clock was inside single digits.  This produced entirely too much one on one action and numerous ill advised shots during the home stretch of this game.

5.  How good is Rondo?…According to Elias, Rondo is just the 3rd player in NBA history with at least 16 points, 13 rebounds, 14 assists, 3 blocks and 3 steals in a game.  The others are Larry Bird (1982) and Magic Johnson (1983).

6.  Is the Philly-Boston rivalry back?  There was an enormous amount of trash talking and yapping going on in this game. I would say significantly more then I have seen from the 7-6 all year.  Turner had an ongoing “conversation” with Pierce that lasted for most of the game.

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