Philadelphia 99, Boston 86

Boxscore | Recap
Friday, March 23, 2012 8:00 PM
Location - Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Officials - #68 Marat Kogut, #42 Eric Lewis, #33 Zach Zarba
Attendance - 19583

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Boston 32 17 17 20 86
Philadelphia 26 17 37 19 99

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Boston 25-22 16-8 9-14 L1
Philadelphia 27-21 17-10 10-11 W1

Recap


76ERS 99, CELTICS 86:
Elton Brand led with 20 points as host Philadelphia dominated the second half to maintain its grip on the Atlantic Division lead.

Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett had 20 points each for Boston, which missed its chance to jump into the No. 4 spot in the East and lost a couple of players along the way.

The 76ers entered the game clinging to a one-half game lead in the Atlantic, with the difference between first and second in the division being the No. 4 and No. 7 spots in the Eastern Conference.

Philadelphia struggled to 36.5 percent shooting in the first half and went into the break trailing, 49-43. Everything turned around in the third quarter, as the 76ers put 37 points on the board in the frame, led by Brand's 14.

Philadelphia, which beat Boston 103-71 at the Wells Fargo Center on March 7, shot 55 percent after the break Friday.

Celtics guard Mickael Pietrus was involved in a scary incident in the second quarter, when he drove the lane and took a hard foul from Lou Williams. Pietrus hit the ground with his upper back as his neck snapped back and stayed down for several minutes before being taken off on a stretcher.

Pietrus was starting in place of Ray Allen, who sat with an ankle injury. Guard Avery Bradley was also forced out Friday with an ankle injury suffered later in the second quarter.

GAME NOTEBOOK: 76ers coach Doug Collins reached 400 career victories with the win … Rajon Rondo handed out 17 assists for Boston … Philadelphia placed six scorers in double figures.

Top Game Performances

Boston   Philadelphia
Kevin Garnett 20 Scoring Elton Brand 20
Rajon Rondo 17 Assists Andre Iguodala 8
Paul Pierce 9 Rebounds Spencer Hawes 10
Paul Pierce 3 Free Throws Made Louis Williams 6
Brandon Bass 1 Steals Elton Brand 4
JaJuan Johnson 2 Blocks Tony Battie 1

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Boston 86 48.6 4-10 10-13 28 35 6 2 13
Philadelphia 99 44.6 3-10 14-18 24 46 4 7 9

Upcoming Games

  • Philadelphia will play their next game on the road against San Antonio. The 76ers have a W/L % of .519 after a win and .619 after a loss.
  • Boston will play their next game at home against Washington. The Celtics have a W/L % of .615 after a win and .429 after a loss.
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