On the second night of a home-and-home series, the Boston Celtics torched the Philadelphia 76ers 92-79.
The Celtics used stifling defense to build a 48-28 halftime lead, severely limiting Philadelphia's quality looks on offense. They withstood a great third-quarter run by the 76ers to cut the deficit to single digits, but the size of the lead was too much to overcome. A 12-point second quarter doomed the visiting 76ers in the long run.
Kevin Garnett was the scoring leader for Boston with 19 points. He was on fire from the perimeter and connected on 9-of-11 from the field. While it wasn't a triple-double, Rajon Rondo posted seven points, nine rebounds and 11 assists in the win.
Thaddeus Young led all scorers with 22 points, but none of his teammates could get anything going offensively, and the 76ers shot just 39 percent from the field.
Boston advances to 11-9, shifting into a tie with the 76ers, who fell to 11-9 with the loss. The two teams split a home-and-home back-to-back series, but Philadelphia still leads the season series 2-1.
Let's hit the classroom and see how both teams graded out in Boston's big win.