Saturday, December 8, 2012

A Tale Of Two Cities: C's Passed In Philly, Sixers Bombarded In Boston

If turnabout is fair play, then after winning the game by a single point last night in Philadelphia, the Sixers got fairly played and turned about as the Celtics came back with Gino time at home in the Garden in the second night of this back-to-back home and home series.

Last night at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, the Celtics played the 76ers to a standstill all game long to the point that they had to settle things in overtime. Though the C's had several chances to take control of the game, Celtic-killer Wayne Turner hit a cold-blooded go-ahead jumper with 3.9 left on the game clock and a play drawn up for Kevin Garnett wound up a Rondo jumper launched awkwardly as his foot slid out from under him, throwing him off balance. Miss and a loss: 94-95.

Several great performances went for naught including a phenomenal game from Rajon Rondo who scored a triple-double with 16 points, 14 assists, 13 rebounds, 3 steals and an incredible 3 blocks; a 27-point, 5 assist, 4 rebound night from Captain Paul Pierce; 17 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal from Kevin Garnett; and the continued emergence of Mean Jeff Green who tallied 19 points, 8 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block. Unfortunately, Green was the only bench player to make any kind of impact, and so...
And, here's the Tale Of The Tape.
But, no less than 24-hours, the Celtics flipped the script and showed Philly how lucky they were that they saved the total team effort for the back half of the series. 
Kevin Garnett continued to dip into the pod-pool from Cocoon and delivered yet another youthful, superhuman effort, scoring 19 points 2 assists and one steal. Though he also achieved an extremely rare feat for his career, failing to grab so much as a single rebound for the game, his offense was devastating to the Sixers' hopes as they tried to mount a comeback against the Big Ticket's lights-out performance in the 3rd quarter in which he scored 11 points on 5-5 shooting with a series of smooth-as-glass jumpers and shake-you-out-of-your-shorts upfakes. Jeff Green stayed mean, going for 16 points on 7-12 shooting with some emphatic throw-downs thrown-in. Paul Pierce was an all-around problem for Philly, dropping 13 points, 9 assists, 3 boards and 1 steal. Rajon Rondo? Only more excellence, with 11 assists, 9 rebounds, 7 points and 3 steals.

Chris Wilcox and Jared Sullinger subbed in for critical stretches, allowing for a garden-fresh Garnett to come in and stick it to the Sixers. Sullinger was particularly impressive in 22 minutes, snaring 9 rebounds to go along with 7 points.

Thaddeus Young's 22 and Evan Turner's 13 just weren't good enough against an energetic, defense-oriented Celtics team that (I know, the CD's skipping again, but...) continues to improve.
The C's are now tied with the 76ers at 11-9 on the season.
And, here's the Tale of the Tape.
Next up: The Dallas Mavericks.


Boston Celtics vs. Dallas Mavericks
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
8:00 p.m.
@ Boston Garden

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