Kevin Garnett picked a pretty good night to have his best game of the season. The Celtics forward scored 29 points, grabbed 11 boards and 3 blocks to lead Boston over the Sixers 92-91 in game 1 of their Eastern Conference semi final series. It was Garnett's highest point total of the season. Rajon Rando also registered his 8th career triple double.
Andre Iguodala led the Sixers with 19 and Evan Turner registered a double-double with 16 points and 10 boards. Jrue Holiday had an awful night shooting 1-13 form the field and Thaddeus Young was invisible with 5 points and zero rebounds.
The Sixers really controlled the game over the first half and took a 47-42 lead into the locker room. But the Celtics' experience really showed through in the second half. This is a battle tested playoff team vs a Sixers squad that just advanced past the first round for the first time in 9 years. Lavoy Allen actually had a nice second half, but Lou Williams especially just looked bad. Exhibit A, this brick...
The Celtics just made plays late, as veteran teams are known to do. The Sixers certainly showed that they can hang with this Boston team and that the gap is not huge, but they'll have to learn how to close quick if they want to have any shot in this series.
The Sixers will look to keep pace in the series on Monday night in game two at TD Garden in Boston.
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