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Pierce scores 35 to lead effort

2/7/2004

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.