Ford Keys to the Game: 76ers 95, Celtics 94
The Boston Celtics had a chance to win Friday night’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers on the final possession of the game. They got exactly what they were looking for after their timeout – an wide open shot – but it just wasn’t meant to be.
With 2.7 seconds left in overtime and the C’s trailing by one point, Rajon Rondo tossed the inbound pass to Kevin Garnett, who was posted up near the left elbow. Once the ball left Rondo’s fingers, he took off down the left sideline and left his defender, Evan Turner, in the dust. Turner concentrated more on Garnett’s possession of the ball than he did his own man and that left Rondo wide open. KG identified that fact quickly and tossed a pass to Rondo in the right corner. At that moment, the C’s were in perfect position to grab the win.
Rondo caught the pass and was not defended by a single Sixers player. He probably could have taken the ball to the basket for a layup, but he chose to put on the breaks and pull up for a jumper from 16 feet out. However, as Rondo attempt to stop on a dime, his feet slid underneath him and it threw him off balance. He wound up attempting the potential game-winning jumper as he was falling backward and his shot was awry. The Sixers wound up escaping with a 95-94 victory.
Key Box Score Line
Not many people can say that they have Paul Pierce’s number, but Evan Turner sure can.
Turner outperformed Boston’s captain for the second consecutive time by recording team highs of 26 points and five assists to go along with 10 boards. He scored Philadelphia’s final two points of regulation, which helped the game go to overtime, and drilled a 13-foot jumper to win the game in overtime.
Pierce did score a game-high 27 points on the night, but he couldn’t stop Turner. The Sixers leaned on Turner after Jrue Holiday fouled out in overtime, and the third-year wing player led Philadelphia to victory.
Box Score Nuggets
- Four Celtics scored at least 16 points.
- Five Sixers scored in double-figures.
- The teams combined for 107 rebounds (54 for Philly, 53 for Boston).
- Rajon Rondo recorded a triple-double with 16 points, 13 rebounds and 14 assists.
- Paul Pierce attempted a game-high 12 free throws, which was at least double the amount of any Sixers player.
- Evan Turner attempted a game-high 26 shots and Paul Pierce attempted 24.
- Pierce's 12 free throws tied a season high.
- Jeff Green came off of the bench to score 19 points and grab eight rebounds.
- Philly shot just 37.4 percent from the field, while Boston shot just 43.2 percent.
- Rondo's 14 assists and 13 rebounds were both game highs.
- Jason Terry shot just 1-for-12 from the field.
Quote of the Night
We threw it to Kevin [Garnett]. Kevin had a guy on his back. We really wanted Kevin to go for it, but he saw [Rajon] Rondo cutting.
Doc Rivers on the last play of the game