The Philadelphia 76ers fell to the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in a game they had no business losing. For three quarters, the Sixers looked like the better team, flashing a more consistent offense and a stingier defense.
Unfortunately, as the fourth quarter came and went, the Sixers could not harness any of the sharp jump shooting that had propelled them into the lead in the first half. In addition to some poor shot selection and streaky shooting, Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett combined to torch the Sixer defense.
Garnett finished with 29 points on 12-of-20 shooting and Rondo cleaned up with one of his signature triple-doubles, posting 13 points, 12 rebounds and 17 assists in 40 minutes of work.
For the Sixers to steal home court advantage from the Celtics, they will need to put together a complete game from start to finish. Streaky shooting won't cut it, and they will need to find a go-to scorer down the stretch.
Here are five keys to a Game 2 win for the Sixers.