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Celtics 75, 76ers 107

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Paul Pierce, Dwyane Wade

Rajon Rondo drops off a pass to a teammate during Monday night's loss in Philadelphia.
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Key Moment

It looked like the Celtics and the Sixers were in for a tight one over the first 18 minutes of basketball Monday night. Then the rest of the game happened.

The Celtics used several lineups tonight that hadn’t seen much time on the court through the first three preseason games. That fact became evident midway through the second period when the team fell apart at both ends of the court.

A complete lack of continuity allowed Philadelphia to turn a one-point game at the 6:17 mark of the second quarter into an absolute blowout by the time the frame came to a close. The Celtics committed six turnovers during the final 4:08 of the first half and they managed to score just seven points over the final six minutes of the half.

Boston’s sputtering offense allowed the athletic Sixers to get out and run. Once the running began, it never came to an end.

Philadelphia scored 20 points in those final six minutes and many of those points came off of Boston’s turnovers. Additionally, 10 of those points arrived in the paint and four came via free throws.

In other words, the Celtics could not slow the Sixers down. By the time the third quarter came to a close Boston had already fallen behind by 14 points. Things didn’t get any closer in the third quarter, either, as Philly opened up a 21-point lead and ran away with the victory.

The final result was ugly, and it all began with Boston’s ugly display of offensive continuity in the second quarter. The good news is that the C’s have four more preseason games and plenty of practice time to clean things up. Their first opportunity comes tomorrow night back at the Garden against the Brooklyn Nets.

Key Box Score Line

Doc Rivers made it clear before tonight’s contest that Paul Pierce wasn’t going to log many minutes. He was correct with that statement, but that didn’t mean Pierce didn’t get his work in while he was out on the floor.

Pierce logged his most successful game of the preseason in 21 minutes of action. He scored 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting while making both of his 3-pointers and all four of his free throws. He also reeled in six boards and dished out two assists.

Was his box score stained by four turnovers? Sure. But that doesn’t take away the fact that Pierce found his offensive groove and is trending up as the regular season approaches.

Box Score Nuggets

  • Paul Pierce logged a preseason high of 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting.
  • Pierce and Rajon Rondo tied for the game-high in turnovers with four apiece.
  • Boston shot just 11-for-18 from the free-throw line.
  • Spencer Hawes scored a game-high 17 points and grabbed a game-high eight boards.
  • Philadelphia scored 52 points in the paint.
  • Boston scored just four points off of Philadelphia's turnovers, while the Sixers scored 20 points off of the Celtics' turnovers.
  • Pierce and Brandon Bass (11 points) were the only Boston players to score in double-figures.
  • The Celtics committed 21 turnovers in the game.
  • Pierce and Bass tied for the team-high in rebounding with six apiece.
  • The C's shot just 4-for-17 from downtown.
  • Maalik Wayns dished out a game-high eight assists.
  • Dorell Wright finished with a game-high plus-28 in the plus/minus category.
  • Philadelphia recorded 12 steals compared to Boston's three.
  • The Sixers logged an incredible 32 assists in the game.