The Boston Celtics continued their slow start to the season on Friday night, dropping a home game to the Philadelphia 76ers by a score of 106-100.
Philadelphia's young core of Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner did most of the work for the Sixers, including down the stretch as they were able to hold off the Celtics after leading for most of the game.
Both youngsters filled up the stat sheet in a big way. Turner had 25 points, chipped in 11 rebounds and four assists. Holiday finished with 14 assists, two steals and two blocks. Dorell Wright and Thaddeus Young both had 15 points.
For Boston, the loss drops it to a pedestrian 2-3. Rajon Rondo was the man for the Celtics, finishing with 14 points and a whopping 20 assists. Paul Pierce had 24 points, and Kevin Garnett had 19.
Philly moves to 3-2 with center Andrew Bynum still on the shelf, and still managed to score 56 points in the paint on Friday.
Player of the Game: Evan Turner, G, Philadelphia 76ers
Turner is starting to live up to expectations as the No. 2 overall selection. He had the aforementioned stats, and managed to make enough free throws down the stretch to down the Celtics.
He only had three turnovers on Friday, which is important for Doug Collins and this offense. If Turner is comfortable with his role in the offense and making open shots, he's a dangerous No. 3 option behind Holiday and Bynum.
Up Next for the Sixers
Philly is prepared to travel north of the border following its showdown with Boston. The 76ers will take on the Toronto Raptors in the third game of a three game road trip.
They'll have to contend with a youthful Raptor team that has found some major talent with Kyle Lowry, and also some quality defensive concepts under head coach Dwane Casey.
Up Next for the Celtics
Boston will look to get back on the winning track against the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night. The Celtics will have no time to rest before getting ready to contend with one of the NBA's deadliest backcourts in Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings.