Friday, November 9, 7:30 PM (EST) at TD Garden, Boston MA
Brian Robb, for NBA.com
Posted Fri Nov 09, 2012 11:40 PM - Updated Fri Nov 09, 2012 11:40 PM
THE FACTS: Evan Turner had a game-high 25 points and 11 rebounds, helping the Philadelphia 76ers knock off the Boston Celtics 106-100 in an early season Atlantic Division showdown. Jrue Holiday also added 21 points and 14 assists for the visitors, highlighting the Sixers' best offensive performance of the young season, as Philadelphia came into Friday night's contest averaging an NBA low 83.3 points per game.
Paul Pierce scored 16 of his 24 points in the second half, as the Celtics tried to crawl back into the game from a 12-point second half deficit, but Boston was unable to get the necessary stops in the fourth quarter needed to slow Sixers and complete the comeback. Rajon Rondo also posted 14 points and 20 assists for the hosts, who had their two-game winning streak snapped.
QUOTABLE: "Great, great win for us, on the road, character builder, team builder, all the things we are trying to do. I said 'can we say connected and trust each other through adversity→' That's what I kept saying to them, and we did." -- Philadelphia coach Doug Collins.
THE STAT: The Sixers dominated the Celtics in transition in the first half, scoring 18 fast break points over the first 24 minutes, compared to just two for the Celtics. Philadelphia finished the game with a 26-9 edge in that department, which proved to be the difference.
TURNING POINT: As the Celtics closed the deficit to just seven points with five minutes remaining in the game, Jeff Green made a strong drive to the hoop for Boston, missing a wild layup while falling hard to the parquet. The Sixers gobbled up the rebound and took advantage of Green's inability to get back on defense, which allowed for Holliday to drill an open three in the corner. The shot pushed the Sixers' lead back to ten helping to put the game out of reach for Philadelphia.
QUOTABLE II: "They beat us in transition. I think it's pretty simple. They got a lot of secondary early breaks and just beat us down the floor and they attacked. That's the first part of our defense. It let us down tonight." -- Boston coach Doc Rivers.
HOT: Jason Terry -- Boston's new sixth man scored 12 of his 13 points in the second half, including two 3-pointers, helping to keep the C's rally during the fourth quarter before falling short.
NOT: Green -- The highly paid reserve forward continues to struggle finding a rhythm in his return to action for Boston. Green made just one of his five shot attempts, finishing with a mere four points in 15 minutes of action.
FANTASY SPOTLIGHT: Turner. After posting his second double-double of the season, the shooting guard now leads the Sixers in rebounding, averaging nine per game to go along with his 13.2 points a contest.
ROOKIE WATCH: Jared Sullinger. The power forward started strong, but saw his playing time diminish in the second half, as Rivers went small to match up with the speedy Sixers. The rookie finished with four points and four rebounds in 19 minutes.
NOTABLE: Jason Richardson (ankle) and Kwame Brown (calf) did not play for the second straight game. Both players are expected to return sometime next week. Sullinger earned his third straight start at power forward for Boston. Rondo tied John Stockton for the third longest streak in NBA history of double-digit assist games with 29. Boston has now lost two of their first three games at home. Philadelphia outscored Boston in the paint 56-38. The Sixers missed 10 of their first 11 shots, but still led 23-20 after the first quarter.