Sunday, December 17, 2017
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76ers capture split in Boston

BOSTON —Not this time, Celtics.

After letting another fourth-quarter lead slip away in Boston, Philadelphia took it right back and held on to it, fighting off every run the Celtics made down the stretch for an 82-81 victory Monday night to even the Eastern Conference second-round series at one game apiece.

"We knew to expect the same type of game," said Evan Turner, whose layup with 40.4 seconds to play put Philadelphia ahead to stay. "We did what we needed to do to win this game, just like we didn't the first time around."

Turner's layup gave the Sixers a 76-75 lead and Philadelphia clinched it by going 6-for-6 from the free throw line over the final 12 seconds.

"We just found a way," Philadelphia coach Doug Collins said. "All season long we couldn't win these games and now our guys are believing they can do it. And it is pretty special to watch."

Turner finished with 10 points, Jrue Holiday scored 18 and Andre Iguodala added 13 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the Sixers, who in Game 1 blew a 10-point fourth quarter lead.

Philadelphia failed to hang on to the lead again, but this time the Sixers outplayed the Celtics down the stretch.

Philadelphia won its first playoff game in Boston since 1982 despite committing a playoff-high 19 turnovers and getting outrebounded 47-36.

Boston trailed by eight entering the fourth quarter but Kevin Garnett tied it at 65 on a turnaround jumper with 4:33 to play.

No problem. Lavoy Allen got an inbounds pass and banked in a shot from 22 feet and the Sixers were back in the lead.

PHILADELPHIA (82): Iguodala 5-11 2-7 13, Brand 3-5 1-2 7, Hawes 4-9 0-0 8, Holiday 7-15 0-0 18, Turner 4-11 2-2 10, L.Williams 3-13 2-2 8, L.Allen 4-7 2-2 10, T.Young 0-3 4-4 4, Meeks 1-2 2-2 4. Totals 31-76 15-21 82.

BOSTON (81): Pierce 2-9 2-2 7, Bass 5-15 2-2 12, Garnett 7-12 0-1 15, Rondo 4-12 0-0 8, Bradley 3-6 0-0 8, Stiemsma 1-3 0-0 2, R.Allen 7-14 1-2 17, Pietrus 3-5 0-0 8, Hollins 1-1 2-2 4, Dooling 0-2 0-0 0, Daniels 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-79 7-9 81.

Philadelphia 21 15 21 25— 82

Boston 25 13 11 32— 81

3-Point GoalsPhiladelphia 5-14 (Holiday 4-6, Iguodala 1-3, Meeks 0-1, Turner 0-1, L.Williams 0-3), Boston 8-18 (Bradley 2-3, Pietrus 2-3, R.Allen 2-6, Garnett 1-1, Pierce 1-4, Dooling 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsPhiladelphia 55 (Hawes 10), Boston 44 (Garnett 12). AssistsPhiladelphia 17 (Iguodala 7), Boston 23 (Rondo 13). Total FoulsPhiladelphia 13, Boston 22. A18,624 (18,624).

Thunder wins in rout

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Thunder scored the most points by any team in this year's playoffs, routing the Lakers 119-90 in Game 1 of their West semifinal series.

Russell Westbrook had 27 points and nine assists and Kevin Durant added 25 points for Oklahoma City, which took a 15-point halftime lead, then opened the third quarter with a 15-2 blitz filled with crowd-pleasing 3-pointers and dunks.

Oklahoma City led by as many as 35, a measure of vengeance for the elbow Metta World Peace delivered to the head of the Thunder's James Harden three weeks earlier.

Thunder starting center Kendrick Perkins limped off after aggravating a hip injury from the first round.

Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum scored 20 each for the Lakers.

Bosh out for series?

MIAMI — Chris Bosh and the Heat were relieved by the diagnosis. It's the prognosis — or lack of one — that's a source of worry now.

Bosh strained a lower abdominal muscle in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Pacers, the diagnosis confirmed by an MRI exam. The team said Bosh is out "indefinitely," though coach Erik Spoelstra and others say the injury could have been worse.

Either way, Bosh is out for Game 2 tonight and sounds like he won't play again this series.

"This season has to be extended for me to play again," Bosh said. "So that's what's on my mind."

Griffin set to play

SAN ANTONIO — Clippers center Blake Griffin said his sprained left knee doesn't feel much worse or much better, and he expects to play tonight in the Western Conference semifinal against the Spurs.

Griffin said there is "no doubt" about his availability, though coach Vinny Del Negro made no such guarantees. "I'll make that decision (today) after shootaround, after I talk to the trainer," the coach said.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving will be named the NBA's rookie of the year today.

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