Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/28

Game 1: Friday, November 28th
Game 2: Tuesday, December 23rd
Game 3: Tuesday, February 3rd
Game 4: Tuesday, April 14th

76ers 78

(7-9, 2-6 away)

Celtics 102

(15-2, 9-1 home)

    Coverage: CSN

    7:30 PM ET, November 28, 2008

    TD Garden, Boston, MA

    1 2 3 4 T
    PHI 16 12 19 3178
    BOS 22 24 27 29102

    Top Performers

    Phi: L. Williams 15 Pts, 1 Reb, 6 Ast, 3 Stl

    Bos: R. Allen 23 Pts, 2 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

    Allen deadly from the field as Celts cruise to seventh straight win

    Associated Press

    BOSTON -- Ray Allen had a stretch of 11 straight points in the third quarter Friday. Rajon Rondo had a hand in all of them.

    Allen scored 23 points and Kevin Garnett added 16 to lead the Boston Celtics to their seventh straight victory, 102-78 over the Philadelphia 76ers.

    Fast Facts

    • During their seven-game win streak, the Celtics have scored more than 100 points five times. The other two times they scored 95 and 98.

    • After winning the first three times Elton Brand led or tied for the team lead in scoring, the 76ers have lost the last three times.

    • Rajon Rondo had 12 assists for his third double-digit assist game of the season. Last season, it took him until Feb. 10 to notch the same feat.

    • Elton Brand had five doulbe-doubles in the 76ers' first 11 games. Since, he has none.

    -- ESPN research

    Allen was 10-for-15 from the field, including 3-for-5 on 3-pointers. In the last three games, he is 13-for-19 from behind the arc.

    "I thought the difference in us the last four games was [when] they scored, we zipped it up the floor and Ray made a wide-open 3," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "We're setting better picks for him. We realize that to get Ray shots we have to get him open and I think our guys have done a better job."

    Allen had three baskets in a row from 3-point land during his 11-point surge as the Celtics (15-2) extended an 18-point halftime lead to 73-47. Rondo assisted on all four baskets.

    "When the game was over, I told him, 'When you play like that, we're a beast to contend with,'" Allen said. "I told him, 'I feed off you.'"

    Rondo had 12 assists, including one on the last basket of the third quarter, a perfectly executed alley-oop to Garnett for a dunk.

    Tony Allen and Leon Powe each scored 10 points for the Celtics. Paul Pierce was limited to six points on 1-for-6 shooting.

    It was another poor offensive night for the 76ers (7-9), who had their lowest-scoring game and first half of the season. Their previous low was 80 points in loss to Utah on Nov. 11.

    "They showed us why they were world champions last year," 76ers coach Maurice Cheeks said. "Their defense stifled us."

    They scored a season-low 12 points in the second quarter, as the Celtics opened a 46-28 lead. Boston opened the quarter with a 9-0 run, capped by a three-point play by Powe, to take a 33-16 lead.

    Philadelphia was held scoreless until Reggie Evans converted a free throw almost four minutes in, but did not make its first shot from the field until Louis Williams' layup made it 33-19 at the 6:39 mark.

    The 76ers have lost three in a row after winning five of six. The only starter to shoot better than 50 percent in the first half was Elton Brand, who was 5-for-9 for 12 points. The rest of the starting five was 6-for-20 as the 76ers were held to 33.3 percent shooting from the field.

    "We've been in this situation before, having bad losses," said Andre Iguodala, who was limited to nine points. "When you have a loss like that, you can't pinpoint one person or one thing. You have to look at yourself as one whole group effort. We have to play better."

    Brand scored 18 points and Williams added 15 points. Andre Miller and Marreese Speights each had 12 points. Speights was ejected with 43 seconds remaining after committing a flagrant foul on Brian Scalabrine.

    Game notes

    The Celtics are 4-0 against Atlantic Division foes. Miller is shooting 32 percent (12-for-38) in his last three games. The 76ers have been held under 100 points in their last six games. Celtics forward Glen Davis had made 11 free throws in a row before missing the back end of a pair in the fourth quarter.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 78 102
    FGM-FGA 32-77 (.416) 39-76 (.513)
    3PM-3PA 2-9 (.222) 6-14 (.429)
    FTM-FTA 12-21 (.571) 18-22 (.818)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-44 6-39
    Assists 15 30
    Turnovers 16 11
    Steals 6 9
    Blocks 3 6
    Fast Break Points 9 11
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/1) 14 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 30

    Top Performers

    Louis Williams Williams
    Points: 15
    Reb: 1
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0
    Ray Allen Allen
    Points: 23
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0