Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/8/12
PHILADELPHIA -- Rajon Rondo picked up another triple-double, but the Philadelphia 76ers picked up the win. Evan Turner, despite missing nine of his previous 10 shots, swished a 13-foot jumper with 3.9 seconds left in overtime to lift the Sixers past the Boston Celtics, 95-94, Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center. "I was just trying to get to my sweet spot on the court and pull up," Turner said. "I told myself to hold my follow-through. I feel like the shots I missed I kind of rushed. Thad Young told me at the beginning of overtime, 'Take over. Keep shooting.' That's what I did."? Sixers coach Doug Collins praised Turner -- who played point guard for the final 4:02 of overtime after starter Jrue Holiday fouled out -- for having the confidence to want the ball with the game on the line. "I told Evan, 'It's easy to take those shots when you've hit four or five in a row,'" Collins said. "The thing I love about you is you missed (a bunch of shots), turned the ball over (late in regulation), we're down one and you stepped up and took the shot.?That's big time." Turner, who scored a team-high 26 points and had 10 rebounds, made a driving layup after Paul Pierce blocked his jumper to give Philly an 89-87 advantage with 49 seconds remaining in regulation. But he turned the ball over on the Sixers' last possession and gave the Celtics a chance to win but Rondo's jumper caught the back of the rim. "We told (Turner), ?'The ball's in your hands. Take us home,'" said Thaddeus Young, who had 17 points and 12 rebounds. Rondo tallied 16 points on 8-for-14 shooting, to go with 13 rebounds and 14 assists, for his 14th regular-season triple-double. Boston had been 13-0 in his 13 previous triple-doubles. Rondo had a chance to win the game at the buzzer, but his off-balance baseline jumper was too long. Kevin Garnett had the ball 15 feet from the basket with Lavoy Allen on his back but passed the ball to Rondo. "I should've taken the layup, but I tried to make a plant and slipped," Rondo said. Boston coach Doc Rivers said he really wanted Garnett to go for it. "We had him deep, right where we wanted, but he saw Rondo cutting."? Pierce added a game-high 27 points for Boston. Garnett had 17 points, including the tying bucket late in regulation, and 10 rebounds. "They made two unbelievable shots and we missed good shots," Rivers said. ?"That's the way it goes sometimes."? Garnett emphasized the positive, saying, ?"The fact that we were in this game and had a chance to win on the road gives us a lot of confidence. We're a building team and we've been a building team since Day 1. Tonight, I thought we did some good things."? Pierce doesn't expect a lot of significant changes when the two teams meet against Saturday night in Boston to complete the home-and-home set. "It's kind of like a playoff setting," Pierce said. The Sixers, who are 2-0 against the Celtics this season, won despite shooting just 37.4 percent from the field (37-for-99) and going 2-for-11 from 3-point range. Their 21 points off 19 Boston turnovers (compared to the Celtics getting nine points off nine Philly turnovers) helped as did a 17-7 edge on the offensive boards. "I found out a lot about my guys tonight," Collins said. "We had some guys do some very good things and found a way to win." NOTES: The Sixers were without top bench scorer Nick Young (hyperextended big toe) for the third game in a row, as well as reserve Royal Ivey (strained groin). ... Center Andrew Bynum remains sidelined with bone bruises in both knees. ... The Celtics didn't have Avery Bradley (shoulder surgeries). ... Saturday's game will mark the 12th meeting between the two teams in less than nine months. They played seven times in the Eastern Conference semifinals, with the Celtics winning in seven, as well as twice in the preseason and then three times in 2012-13. "I like Doc, but I don't want to have that steady a diet of socialization with him," Collins joked. ... Rivers (smiling) on how competitive the Atlantic Division is this season after his team has won the last five division titles: "I liked it the way it was. It (stinks)."
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