The Kevin Garnett-less Celtics (41-9) defeated the Sixers (23-24) 100-99 on a Ray Allen three-pointer.
The Sixers led and played great the entire fourth quarter, but Paul Pierce and Ray Allen were too much down the stretch. Ray Allen finished the game with 23 points and the game winning three-pointer. Paul Pierce had 29 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists.
Rajon Rondo got hot in the first quarter and finished with 20 points. Playing big in Garnett's place was Glen Davis; he had 12 and 11 rebounds, and made some big shots in the fourth quarter.
The Sixers were in the lead and fought all game, keeping it close but came out on the losing end. Andre Iguodala had 22 points, 6 assists, and 6 rebounds. Andre Miller played well in scoring 21 points and dishing out 7 assists. Sam Dalembert had 14 points. Lou Williams played well off the bench in scoring 11 points and made a huge three-point play in the fourth quarter. Reggie Evans played a very good game in providing the energy. Reggie had 8 points and 10 rebounds.
The Celtics had 20 turnovers to the Sixers 9.
Ray Allen, who was not chosen for the All-Star game, might just get his call after this game.