Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/9/12
BOSTON -- The Philadelphia 76ers, still playing without injured center Andrew Bynum, won their second straight game on a three-game road trip Friday night, outlasting the Boston Celtics 106-100. Evan Turner scored 25 points and had 11 rebounds and four assists and Jrue Holiday had 21 points, 14 assists and four boards. The Sixers, awaiting Bynum's return from his latest knee woes and his debut with his new team, moved to 3-2 on the season. Philadelphia, which allowed just 62 points while beating the host New Orleans Hornets on the first stop on the trip, overcame a 1-for-10 shooting start and took an 11-10 lead. The Sixers led by as many as 16 and held off every charge by the Celtics, who saw a two-game winning streak end to fall to 2-3, 1-2 at home. The visitors spoiled another stellar performance by Boston's Rajon Rondo, who had 20 assists and 14 points in his fifth double-double in as many games. Dorell Wright and Thaddeus Young added 15 points for the Sixers, while Paul Pierce had 24 points (16 in the second half), five assists and four rebounds and Kevin Garnett 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics. Rondo joined John Stockton as the only players ever with at least 11 assists in 27 straight games. He has at least 10 in 29 straight, matching the third-longest streak of all-time. Magic Johnson leads with 46 and Stockton had 37 and 29. The Sixers trailed 8-3 through the first 4-plus minutes. They hit six of seven shots and used a 14-3 run to take a 17-11 lead with 3:34 left in the first quarter. The lead grew to seven with 1:37 left in the quarter before the Celtics outscored the visitors 6-2 the rest of the quarter to trail by three entering the second quarter. Philadelphia pulled ahead by 16 in the final minute of the first half before a 4-0 run by the Celtics left the margin at 13 at the break. Turner led the Sixers in the first half with 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Notes: Celtics coach Doc Rivers had this to say on the quick firing of Mike Brown by the Los Angeles Lakers: "Mike's a terrific coach. I don't think any coach, including Knute Rockne, is going to win anything in five games." He also said: "He beat my record, five games into a season. That's hard to believe. I feel for Mike." Rivers was fired by the Orlando Magic 11 games into the 2003-04 season with a 1-10 record. Philadelphia counterpart Doug Collins said, "Well, I feel badly for Mike. This is a tough business, as I said before. I was talking with my coaches today and I said, 'You know, if your only failure in the NBA is getting fired as a coach, you've lived a pretty good life.' " Asked if five games was too soon, Collins said, "Well, I'm not going to be the one to judge that ... I've been fired three times. You're asking the wrong guy." ... The Sixers visit the Toronto Raptors Saturday night, while the Celtics visit the Milwaukee Bucks. ... Philadelphia was missing Kwame Brown (calf) and Jason Richardson (ankle) on Friday.
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