The Boston Celtics made their fourth-quarter surge as expected. Kevin Garnett had 11 points in the frame, Avery Bradley and Ray Allen hit timely threes on consecutive possessions, and the Celtics fought back from eight points behind to take two leads in the final three minutes.
But the Philadelphia 76ers hit each of their last five field goal attempts to hang on for a series-evening 82-81 win.
As Doug Collins explained, "Our young guys just keep growing and they’re really becoming men. I’m so proud of them. Doc Rivers is arguably the best coach in the NBA, and for our guys to just scrap through a game tonight -- we just found a way. All season long we couldn’t win these games and now our guys are believing they can do it, and it is pretty special to watch."