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Goodnight, 76ers.

Wait, were they ever awake?

The Boston Celtics took it to their visitors Friday night at TD Garden, and they did so from the opening tip.

Avery Bradley put the ‘b’ in blowout by scoring the game’s first seven points – in the first 89 seconds.

Bradley opened things up with three straight hits from the perimeter, the last of which was a 3-pointer. Those buckets put the Celtics on top 7-0, and that lead eventually grew to as many as 26 points during the first half.

For those who watch NBA basketball on the regular, you already know the notion of “every team makes a run.” That even holds true for Philadelphia.

Philly caused Celtics fans to hold their collective breath as it briefly pulled to within three points early on in the fourth quarter. Boston, however, answered. The Celtics quickly bumped their lead back up to as many as 16 points late in the fourth to put the final stamp on a wire-to-wire blowout victory that ended with a 107-96 score.

Key Player

Tyler Zeller was going to receive some love here until Jared Sullinger took over during the fourth quarter. Sullinger scored seven points during the final period to help secure Boston’s third consecutive victory.

The fourth quarter wasn’t the only period during which Sullinger played well. He excelled throughout the night. The big man finished the contest with a game-high 22 points to go along with eight rebounds, a career-high seven assists, two steals and a blocked shot.

Sullinger’s assist total may surprise some, but he has consistently improved his passing throughout this season. He has averaged 5.7 assists per game over his last three games and dished out at least three helpers during three of his last eight games.

Box Score Nuggets

  • Six Celtics scored in double-figures, including four who logged at least 16 points.
  • Jared Sullinger tallied a game-high 22 points.
  • Sullinger set a career high with seven assists.
  • Boston led from start to finish.
  • Both teams scored 10 second-chance points.
  • Sullinger scored five of Boston's second-chance points during the fourth quarter alone.
  • The Celtics committed only 10 turnovers.
  • Tim Frazier dished out a game-high 11 assists during his first NBA game.
  • Tyler Zeller recorded game-highs of nine rebounds and three blocks.
  • Both teams shot at least 37 percent from 3-point range.
  • The Celtics scored at least 29 points during three of the four quarters.
  • Luc Mbah a Moute led Philadelphia with 18 points.
  • Marcus Smart dished out eight assists, grabbed seven rebounds and tallied two steals.
  • Boston scored 20 points off of Philly's 17 turnovers.
  • Four Celtics shot 100 percent from the free-throw line.
  • Boston's bench scored 45 points, including 16 points apiece from Zeller and Marcus Thornton.

Quote of the Night

It’s more like what got into my teammates, they were knocking down shots, they made a lot of tough shots and made me look good.

Jared Sullinger on his career-high seven assists.

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