The Boston Celtics got off to a strong start on Tuesday at Wells Fargo Center and never looked back, disposing of the young Philadelphia 76ers, 109-101.
The Celtics took a 53-46 lead into halftime. The 76ers showed some heart in the third quarter— outscoring Boston, 28-26—but Doc Rivers' squad closed it up down the stretch.
Boston shot 51 percent from the floor in the contest, including 11-of-19 from downtown. The Celtics also outrebounded the 76ers, 49-45.
Philadelphia shot 41 percent from the field, including 5-of-21 from beyond the arc. The home team lost despite scoring 30 points on 22 Celtics turnovers and collecting 19 offensive rebounds.
Player of the Game: Paul Pierce, SF, Boston Celtics
Paul Pierce had a tremendous game on Tuesday night, finishing with 18 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists while shooting 6-of-10 from the floor and 4-of-4 from the downtown. The veteran small forward posted a plus-minus of plus-nine in 30 minutes of action.
Up Next for Celtics
Boston visits the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday. The Pacers have gone 38-22 this season and rank first and second in rebounds per game and points allowed per game respectively. That is despite Danny Granger playing in only five games.
Up Next for 76ers
Philadelphia visits the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday. The Hawks are 33-26 this season, but they've lost their last three contests.