Notebook: Sixers 95, Celtics 94, OT



Posted Dec 7, 2012 11:16 PM

By Andy Jasner, For NBA.com

THE FACTS: Evan Turner had 26 points and 10 rebounds, including the game-winning jumper with 3.9 seconds left, as the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Boston Celtics 95-94 in overtime Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Thaddeus Young added 17 points and 12 rebounds while Jrue Holiday scored 15 points before fouling out. Jason Richardson had 13 points and Spencer Hawes 10 for the Sixers, who improved to 11-8.

Paul Pierce paced the Celtics with 27 points while Rajon Rondo notched his first triple-double of the season with a stellar 16-point, 14-assist, 13-rebound performance. Jeff Green contributed 19 points off the bench and Kevin Garnett had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics (10-9). Rondo had a chance to win the game at the buzzer but misfired with an airball from the baseline.

QUOTABLE: "We told Evan [Turner], 'The ball is in your hands. Take us home.'"

-- Thaddeus Young on Turner's game winner

THE STAT: The Sixers won despite making a season-low two 3-pointers. They were 2-for-11.

TURNING POINT: There were 19 lead changes and 17 ties in this rivalry game between two storied franchises. Through the years, many of these games have gone down to the final possession. This was no different.

HOT: Rondo was 8-for-14 from the field, while Garnett wnet 7-for-11 on his shots.

NOT: Jason Terry struggled mightily while missing 11 of his 12 shots for the Celtics. For the Sixers, Dorell Wright was 0-for-5.

QUOTABLE II: "It was a tough loss. We played hard all game. I don't think we necessarily played well, but we played hard and I'll take that."

-- Celtics coach Doc Rivers

FANTASY SPOTLIGHT: Rondo, Rondo, Rondo. Boston's star point guard recorded his 14th career triple double to go along with three steals and three blocked shots.

INSIDE THE ARENA: There's always a good bit of buzz for a Celtics-Sixers game, and that was certainly the case here. The fans were loud from the opening tip and stayed that way all night.

QUOTABLE III: "It's huge to get this victory. Our competition with Boston is always a highlight."

-- Evan Turner on the Sixers-Celtics rivalry

GOOD MOVE: Sixers coach Doug Collins put the ball in Turner's hands, even more so when Holiday fouled out. Turner came through at the end, even though he had missed his previous four shots in overtime.

BAD MOVE: Garnett had a clear look at the basket on Boston's final possession, but he passed the ball to Rondo at the last minute. Rondo had a good look but seemed rushed, and slipped as he fired. Garnett might have taken the last shot with his size advantage.

ROOKIE WATCH: Boston forward Jared Sullinger had five rebounds while forward Kris Joseph didn't play. For the Sixers, forward Arnett Moultrie was scoreless in seven minutes while guard Maalik Wayns was a DNP-CD.

NOTABLE: The Sixers are 2-0 against Boston this season and have won five of the last seven regular season games after losing 12 of the previous 14. ... Boston had been 13-0 all-time when Rondo compiled a triple-double. ... Young earned his fifth double-double of the season. ... Turner has scored 20 or more points five times this season. ... The Celtics shot 43.2 percent from the field. Philadelphia is 6-2 when holding its opponent below 45 percent shooting. ... The Sixers are 3-0 in games decided by four or fewer points after going 1-8 last season. ... Rondo's 13 rebounds were a season high. ... Sixers guard Nick Young (left toe), guard Royal Ivey (right groin strain) and center Kwame Brown (stomach virus) all sat out. ... Boston had seven offensive rebounds compared to 17 for the Sixers.

NEXT: For the Celtics, Saturday vs. Boston, Wednesday vs. Dallas, Friday @ Houston. For the Sixers, Saturday @ Boston, Monday vs. Detroit, Wednesday vs. Chicago.