Final

Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/30

Game 1: Wednesday, November 30th
76ers103Final
Celtics110
Game 2: Friday, January 13th
Celtics124Final
3OT
76ers125
Game 3: Wednesday, March 8th
76ers101Final
Celtics104
Game 4: Friday, April 7th
Celtics109Final
76ers99

76ers 101

(30-30, 11-18 away)

Celtics 104

(26-35, 18-13 home)

7:30 PM ET, March 8, 2006

TD Garden, Boston, MA

1 2 3 4 T
PHI 26 24 21 30101
BOS 31 13 26 34104

Top Performers

Philadelphia: A. Iverson 32 Pts, 2 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

Boston: P. Pierce 31 Pts, 12 Reb, 10 Ast, 3 Blk

Pierce gets triple-double in Celts' win over Sixers

BOSTON (AP) -- Paul Pierce's seventh straight 30-point game showed he can do more than just score.

Pierce had his first triple-double of the season with 31 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists to lift the Celtics to a 104-101 victory over the 76ers on Wednesday night.

"I think this is the best everybody has seen him play," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "I'm sure he has had some runs, but this is a sustained run."

Pierce hit the game-winning shot at the buzzer Tuesday night in overtime at Washington for a 116-115 victory and scored eight straight points in the final minute and a half to rally Boston past the 76ers.

"The last time I had a run like this was probably my senior year in high school," Pierce said. "We've lost so many close games this year that we just needed to give ourselves a chance."

The Celtics won for only the fifth time in 33 chances this season when trailing after three quarters.

After Allen Iverson's jumper gave Philadelphia a 99-94 lead with 1:34 remaining, Pierce's 8-0 run -- including a pair of 3-pointers -- put the Celtics up 102-99.

"Pierce thrives in those situations," 76ers coach Maurice Cheeks said. "He looks forward to his team being down so he can take the big shots and make the big shots."

With Philadelphia trailing by one, Iverson missed a chance to regain the lead for the 76ers when his jump shot was blocked by Tony Allen with 22 seconds remaining.

Pierce extended his franchise-record streak of seven 30-point games and scored at least 30 points for the 13th time in 14 games. He has five career triple-doubles.

Iverson scored 32 points but finished 10-for-31.

"I just didn't play well from the start," Iverson said. "I couldn't find my rhythm and missed a lot of shots I usually make."

Boston has won eight of 12 and has a chance to win three straight games for the first time this season at home Friday against Milwaukee.

Ryan Gomes scored a career-high 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, beating his previous best of 27 scored Tuesday night against Washington. Gomes is averaging 22 points and eight rebounds over the last four games.

"Everybody knows the ball is going to him," Gomes said of Pierce. "We see it in practice all the time. Even with two guys running at him, he still finds a way to make the shot."

Chris Webber had 18 points and seven rebounds for the 76ers, who outrebounded an opponent for the first time in 12 games -- 50-45.

Philadelphia took advantage of early Celtics foul trouble in the fourth quarter with a 12-3 run on 13 free-throw attempts. Salmons and Matt Barnes combined for nine of the 13.

Steven Hunter's lay-up capped off a 14-2 run over the final 3:36 of the first half to give the 76ers a 50-44 lead at the break.

Boston was 5-of-23 from the field in the second quarter after shooting 68 percent in the first quarter.

Philadelphia has dropped five of seven on the road.

Game notes


Iverson and Pierce are the only two players in the NBA to score at least 15 points in every game this season. ... Boston is 5-0 against its division at home. ... Kevin Ollie left the game with a sprained ankle and did not return. ... Delonte West missed his second straight game for Boston with a groin strain.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
PHI
BOS
Points 101 104
FGM-FGA 33-88 (.375) 36-83 (.434)
3PM-3PA 4-17 (.235) 7-19 (.368)
FTM-FTA 31-37 (.838) 25-28 (.893)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-50 10-45
Assists 20 27
Turnovers 15 15
Steals 9 10
Blocks 8 6
Fast Break Points 15 11
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (1/0) 27 (1/0)
Largest Lead 8 7

Top Performers

Philadelphia
Boston
Allen Iverson Iverson
Points: 32
Reb: 2
Ast: 5
Stl: 1
Blk: 0
Paul Pierce Pierce
Points: 31
Reb: 12
Ast: 10
Stl: 0
Blk: 3