Kevin Garnett scored a team-high 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting and the Celtics shot 54 percent as a team in a 92-79 win over the Sixers on Saturday night at TD Garden to earn a split of their home-and-home series. It was the C's first win in three tries against the team that took them to Game 7 in the Eastern Conference semifinals last spring.
In a statistical rarity, Garnett was held without a rebound for the first time since Jan. 21, 1997, when he was with the Timberwolves.
Jeff Green was a force again off the bench for the Celtics, scoring 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting, while Paul Pierce added 13 points. Pierce reached the 4,000-assist plateau in the first half. The Celtics, meanwhile, played good defense all night, holding the Sixers to just 39 percent shooting.
Early on, the Celtics appeared to play inspired for coach Doc Rivers, who returned just 90 minutes before tip-off after attending the funeral for close friend Rick Majerus earlier in the day in Milwaukee.
The Celtics jumped out to leads of 8-2 and 22-12 before settling for a 24-16 advantage after one quarter. The Celtics put on the defensive clamps in the second quarter, holding the Sixers to 3-for-21 shooting and outscoring them 24-12 in the quarter to take a 48-28 halftime lead.
Boston built its lead up to 21 several times in the third quarter, including 65-44, on Courtney Lee's 3-pointer with 4:36 left in the period. But the Sixers finally woke up offensively and went on a 13-0 run to cut the lead to eight, 65-57, on an Evan Turner floater in the lane with 1:17 left in the quarter. But Garnett, who came out with seven minutes left in the quarter, stopped the run with a mid-range jumper. The Celtics scored the final five points of the quarter and took a 70-57 lead into the fourth.
The Sixers could get no closer as the Celtics built their lead back up to 18 with just over six minutes left. Rajon Rondo had seven points and 11 assists in the victory.
The Celtics improved to 11-9 and moved into a tie for third place in the Atlantic Division with Philadelphia, which fell to 11-9. The Celtics are off until Wednesday, when they host the Mavericks at 8 p.m.
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Rodney Harrison, NBC Sports, joined MFB to discuss last night's game against the Chiefs, the Patriots' issues on both offense and defense, and how he feels Brandon Browner will impact the defense as he returns from suspension.
Greg, Steve and Chris zero in on the O-line specifically and look at what it will take to right the ship. Is the running game a solution or more blocking from TE's, LaFell etc. ?
The boys discuss what is going on with the Pats offense and why Brady has looked a little off so far. Is it O-line or WR issues? They specifically discuss Amendola, Thompkins and Dobson - who's the odd man out?
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Joe Castiglione does his annual wrap-up of the season by reading the poem by Bart Giamatti.
Mut and Rob discuss the "kids" and the variety of young bodies the Red Sox called upon this season. Specifically, they look at Bogaerts and Bradley, Jr. and where things went wrong. They give their opinions on which one will right the ship next season.
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DJ Bean, WEEI.com, joined the guys to talk about the Bruins signing two young stars to 1-year contracts.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
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John Dennis left the show mid segment.
Christian's nephew twisted his ankle and missed Sunday's game because he (supposedly) slipped while rushing down the stairs to stop his puppy from peeing on the floor. Lou addresses the Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalty from last night's game, in which a Chiefs player was flagged for dropping to his knees during a TD celebration. And Christian is dubious of some photos of LaRon Landry.
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Lou, Christian and Tim break down last night's embarrassing loss on national television. They wonder just how much progress has been made towards building a championship team.
We discuss the Rajon Rondo injury and conspiracy theories, and whether or not his tale about falling in the shower holds any water. Get it? Shower... water? Nevermind.
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Co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, talks about his Sam Adams beer and the history of his brewery.
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Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
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