Postgame: Celtics 114 Sixers 108

by Max Rappaport Writer




February 5, 2014 | Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

by Max Rappaport,
Posted: February 5, 2014

One week after late-game heroics from Evan Turner propelled the Sixers to a 95-94 victory in Boston, the Celtics traveled to Philadelphia and returned the favor, notching a 114-108 win Wednesday night.

The Sixers took a 4-0 lead in the game’s opening minutes, but the Celtics responded with a 15-3 run and never looked back.

While Philadelphia was able to cut their deficit below five points seven times in the fourth quarter, they were unable to reclaim the lead they lost early in the game.

“We just weren’t able to get over the hump,” said head coach Brett Brown after the game. “I give credit to the Celtics’ defense, but I think I need to do a better job with some of the things that we need to execute and do better when it’s crunch time.”

The Celtics were led by forward Jeff Green, who finished with 36 points – 17 of which were scored in the third quarter. He went 5-of-7 from beyond the arc and 9-of-12 from the free-throw line.

“It felt like [Green scored] a lot more,” Brown said of a stretch in the third during which Jeff Green scored 13 consecutive points for the Celtics. “[That run] was a killer.”

Thaddeus Young led seven Sixers who reached double figures, scoring 20 points. Tony Wroten came off the bench to add 18 points, Spencer Hawes contributed 13 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, and three blocks, and Lavoy Allen notched his second double-double of the season, finishing with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

The Sixers return to action Friday, hosting the Los Angeles Lakers at Wells Fargo Center in their last home game before the All-Star Break.

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