Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/21

Game 1: Friday, November 21st
Game 2: Sunday, December 21st
Game 3: Saturday, February 7th
Game 4: Sunday, March 28th

Celtics 110

(23-29, 12-12 away)

76ers 80

(21-30, 12-14 home)

    Coverage: CSN

    7:00 PM ET, February 7, 2004

    Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

    1 2 3 4 T
    BOS 31 28 26 25110
    PHI 23 16 18 2380

    Top Performers

    Bos: P. Pierce 35 Pts, 2 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Phi: K. Thomas 11 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Stl

    Pierce scores 35 to lead effort

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Paul Pierce scored 35 points, helping the Boston Celtics snap a six-game losing streak and giving interim coach John Carroll his first victory, 110-80 over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.

    Ricky Davis had 20 points and Walter McCarty added 16 for Boston, which hadn't won since Jan. 23 against Washington. Carroll, who took over Jan. 27 when Jim O'Brien resigned, had lost his first five games.

    Glenn Robinson scored 19 points, and Allen Iverson had 15 for the Sixers, who have lost 10 of 13. Philadelphia was coming off a 23-point victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, but was out of this game from the start.

    The Celtics built a 15-point lead in the opening six minutes and led by double digits nearly the entire last three quarters. A 15-5 run to start the third quarter gave Boston a 74-44 lead, sending the starters for both teams to the benches.

    Pierce was 10-for-18 from the floor, 13-for-15 from the foul line. McCarty was 4-for-6 from 3-point range. He came off the bench to hit three 3s in a two-minute span early in the first quarter.

    Iverson, who had 39 points against the Lakers, missed 15 of his 20 shots. Iverson didn't take his first shot until 6:52 remained in the first quarter when he airballed a 19-footer.

    The Sixers got within four on a jumper by Iverson late in the first quarter, but the Celtics scored the next six points and led by double digits the rest of the way.

    Game notes

    It was Philadelphia's most lopsided loss this season, and the Celtics' largest margin of victory. ... Sixers coach Randy Ayers got a technical foul midway through the third quarter. Robinson had one in the first half. ... Boston will play its next six games on the road. ... The Sixers haven't won consecutive games since Jan. 7-9. ... Sixers F Kenny Thomas was in the starting lineup after sitting out most of Thursday night's win against the Lakers with a sprained right ankle. ... The Celtics' 59 points in the first half were the most by a Sixers' opponent this season.

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