The Sixers gave a valiant effort, but they couldn't overcome Rajon Rondo and the championship-tested Celtics.
After Paul Pierce fouled out with just over four minutes remaining, things looked good for the upstart Sixers. Unfortunately for Philly, Rondo went bonkers with Pierce on the bench, scoring seven straight points to help the Celtics pull away.
He finished with 11 fourth-quarter points on his way to his ninth career playoff triple-double.
Tweets of the Night
It was another ugly game, and Not Bill Walton thought that was fitting. He may also want to watch his back on the east coast now.
Boston-Philly Game 7 is only rivaled in ugliness by the people of Boston & Philly.— Not Bill Walton (@NotBillWalton) May 27, 2012
To spring this version of Ray Allen, KG will have to set a screen so illegal that it invents a new sport— Ethan Strauss (@SherwoodStrauss) May 27, 2012
With Allen finally draining a three in the fourth quarter, Bonnie Bernstein of ESPN couldn't resist joining in on the fun.
Holly MacKenzie, another fine NBA blogger at B/R, captured everyone's frustration with an assist from the caps lock button.
SO MUCH STRUGGLE IN THIS GAME.— Holly MacKenzie (@stackmack) May 27, 2012
But the tweet of the night goes to Dan Le Batard of the Miami Herald, who had this reaction to Rondo's fourth-quarter explosion.
Holy Rondo. Did that just happen?— Highly Questionable (@DLHQ) May 27, 2012
There weren't a ton of highlights to choose from, so we'll give Rajon Rondo the honor for this fancy and-one floater.
Grades for Key 76ers Players
Jrue Holiday: B-
The former UCLA Bruin was horribly inefficient, but his tenacity and willingness to embrace the moment was promising.
He finished with 15 points on just 5-of-17 shooting, and he recorded four turnovers. However, I loved the mental toughness he displayed. This kid is going to be an amazing player in a few years.
Andre Iguodala: B-
Iguodala was aggressive in attacking the basket (just check out this vicious slam), and he hit a few big jumpers in the fourth quarter.
Unfortunately, Iguodala didn't do enough to get his team over the hump. His performance was solid, but it once again proved that the 76ers need an elite scorer to turn to down the stretch.
Grades for Key Celtics Players
Rajon Rondo: A
Rondo had plenty of turnovers (seven), but he made up for it by going for 18 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds.
He took over the Celtics offense when Pierce fouled out, and even buried two back-breaking jumpers with under three minutes to play. It was an excellent overall performance by the young point guard.
KG struggled with his shot early on, but he buried several key jumpers to start the fourth quarter.
He was also relentless in attacking the boards, and he finished with another excellent plus/minus of plus-14.
Game MVP: Rajon Rondo
Rondo's all-around performance once again made the difference.
He got his teammates involved, attacked the basket when he needed to and drained two clutch daggers in the fourth quarter. Frankly, there's nothing more you can ask from your point guard.
When Rondo plays up to his potential, the Celtics can beat any team in the league.
While the Sixers pack their fishing gear, the Celtics will advance to face the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference final.
Game 1 is Monday at 8:30 p.m. ET, and will be televised live on ESPN.
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