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With 5:15 left in regulation, the scoreboard read BOS 81 PHI 81. From that point on the Celtics converted on only one field goal. Jodie Meeks knocked down four straight free throws to seal the game for the 76ers. Boston eventually fell 89-86.

Elton Brand and Spencer Hawes tied for a team-high 14 points and three other Sixers netted double-digits. Andre Iguodala narrowly missed a triple-double with 13 points, nine boards, and eight assists.

Nenad Krstic led the C's with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Unfortunately only two of those points came in the 2nd half. Jeff Green chipped in with 18 points on 7-14 shooting, while Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce added 14 and 11 respectively.

With the loss, Boston falls to 46-17 while Philadelphia improves to 34-31. The Celts look to get back on track Sunday when the Bucks visit Beantown. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Stephen Bailey 3/11/2011 09:37:00 PM Edit
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9 Responses so far.

  1. .chuckT. says:

    this shit is getting ridiculous..

  2. Q.D. says:

    It's two games, not 5 or 6. Keep your head up.

  3. Anonymous says:

    It looks like Celts will face 76ers in the playoffs.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Every great team goes through up and downs. Celts have key injuries as well.

  5. Lead the way new guys!!?!

  6. tb727 says:

    What a piss-poor performance. Spencer Hawes turning into Mike Fucking Gminski. Nicely done, they'll be out of first place by Sunday.

  7. ThomasJ says:

    Nice job Danny! Green has game and Krstic is basically a veteran Semih but they are hardly worth losing Perk's defense and toughness. You can see the collective heart of this team has been broken.

    And filling three open roster spots with Murphy, Pavlovic and Arroyo. Wow. Three players not worthy of the regular rotation of a contender. (And I never thought I'd be rooting for)

  8. JR says:

    Nice post ThomasJ. Making that move in the offseason would have been bold. When you're in 1st place right before the playoffs? Pretty dumb. Scrub centers are having a field day on us now.

    Nothing against Kristic and Green, both seem like decent role players, but Perk is much more needed. Also I'm not sure for this year that Green would help more than Battier.
    Perk+Battier would have given us a better shot at #18 than Green/Kristic

  9. ThomasJ says:

    Agree with you on Battier, JR. No matter what happens the rest of this season, I will believe we should have made the run with our aging 3 + Rondo & Perk with Danny going all out to add a vet wing like Battier.

    Considering the teams we need to go through this season, we should have gone all in with the championship team we had. Perkins was the tough interior core of the unmatched team defense that defined these Celtics and separated us from the group of contenders.

    Worry about trading or signing Perk in the offseason after making the run this year before the lockout and new cba.

    I definitely feel cheated as a fan.

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