These Sixers are getting used to winning ugly, aren't they?
Escaping Boston with an 82-81 Game 2 victory, they will head back to Philadelphia with the series tied at 1-1 for Game 3 on Wednesday night.
How did they manage to split the series?
After the Celtics struggled mightily for most of the game, they turned things on in the fourth and came charging back, until a crucial call went against them with 12 seconds remaining.
Trailing by three, the Celtics were looking for Paul Pierce to shoot a three. Kevin Garnett set a screen for Pierce and was whistled for the illegal screen, resulting in the Sixers getting possession back with 10 seconds on the clock and a three-point lead.
While the call was the correct one, as Garnett was moving, it was surprising to see it at that juncture of the game, especially when Garnett had been moving on his screens throughout the game—and throughout his career, if we're being honest.
It's a call that creates discussion because it isn't common that officials make such a momentous call in that situation. The TD Garden crowd certainly wasn't happy, chanting "Bulls**t" after the possession went back to the Sixers.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers wasn't happy with it either. After the game, Rivers was asked about the call and said, "I wasn't fond of it at all." Though he acknowledged, "[W]e put ourselves in that position ... to let someone else do something (to win the game)."
Whether fond of it or not, the Celtics might be looking at a series where Garnett is being watched extra closely, thanks to Sixers coach Doug Collins staying on the officials about it.