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The Boston Celtics outplayed the Philadelphia 76ers -- a potential first round playoff opponent -- in every facet of tonight's contest, prevailing 99-82.

The Celtics seem to be peaking at the right time. Though some believe these last few games are meaningless, I think it provides a team that hasn't had its full compliment of players healthy all season a chance to mesh.

Forward Paul Pierce led the way with 18 points, seven boards, and four assists. The captain knocked down 6-11 attempts, including 3-4 from deep. Point guard Rajon Rondo added 16 points and 13 assists.

Center Nenad Krstic and forward Troy Murphy both returned from injury. Krstic tallied eight points on 4-5 shooting, while Murphy played only 2:48 of garbage time.

For the 76ers, rookie guard-forward Evan Turner scored a game-high 21 on 9-14 shooting. Elton Brand, Jrue Holliday, Jodie Meeks, and Andre Iguodala also recorded double-digits in the scoring column.

After a sloppy 1st quarter in which Holliday and Meeks combined to drop 18 of Philly's 26 on 7-10 shooting, the Celts cracked down on the defensive end. From that point on, Boston allowed only 56 points and held the 76ers to 39.3% shooting on the night.

The Celtics also closed out the game on a high note, something they've struggled with in past contests. Boston outscored Philadelphia 24-17in the final frame.

With the win, Boston improves to 54-23, while the Sixers fall to 40-38. The C's return to action Thursday night in a primetime showdown with former assistant coach Tom Thibodeau, MVP candidate Derrick Rose, and the rest of the Chicago Bulls.

Stephen Bailey 4/05/2011 09:58:00 PM Edit
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  1. Anonymous says:

    A underrated aspect of tonights win, is the limited minutes the Starters played, even with the game close, Doc was subbing with 6mins left in quarters, which means he believes in the BENCH, and the BENCH is really what made this game out of reach to begin the 4th quarter... Garnett with 24 mins, JO with only 12 mins, Pierce with 34 mins, and Rondo with 31 mins... Pretty good given that this game wasnt decided until 4 mins left in the game... Makes me more comfortable to play Philly in the 1st round.... Great Win

  2. Very true. That may be the fewest minutes Rondo's played in a game all year.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Great win, im glad Rondo had a balance between points and dimes (16 pts, 13 assists)
    Hope we carry this momentum to Chicago. It's going to be a tough game, but i think we can take it.
    Celtics all day!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Im just wondering why they took off perkins and hired krstic.. its not worth it.. . this will be a mismatch when they reach the nba finals hopefully..

  5. Anonymous says:

    Tired of the "why the traded Perk comments". I mean I wish they didnt but we have no choice. We just have to play with what we have

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