Monday, September 10, 2012

Celtics barely survive in Philly, sweep season series

After two blowout losses against the Celtics, the 76ers, led by Thaddeus Young (27 points), returned to splendid form in Philadelphia, before a raucous crowd that must've gone home proud after their home team gave a spectacular effort that just fell short of triumph, at least to an official degree. They gave Boston their toughest fight yet and could've quite easily won the game, had not a brilliant fade-away by Paul Pierce to lift Boston's lead to two possessions with little time to spare splashed into the basket.

Sheer resilience by Boston finally cooled a constant surge of up-tempo play by Philly, a period in which Boston was helpless to defend the run-and-gun style of the Sixers. KG, Kevin Martin, Roy Hibbert and Rajon Rondo showed up in one of their toughest stands yet.

Jrue Holiday and Andrew Bynum chipped in for Philly's remarkable fight, but ultimately came up short in an instant classic showdown.

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