Originally posted on Philly Sports World  |  Last updated 5/15/12

The play of Sixers' Center Lavoy Allen was a critical part of last night's win against the Boston Celtics. The Series returns to Philadelphia tied 1-1.

Once again, the Sixers are playing at a level well beyond their years. With their defeat of the Boston Celtics last night, they come home with the series deadlocked and home-court advantage swung in their favor. The play of the young talent on the Philadelphia roster has been magnificent throughout the playoff run, and Game 2 was no different.

Lavoy Allen may have become a national name after his performance at the TD Garden yesterday. Put up a double-digit scoring performance for the second straight game, and absolutely dominated Kevin Garnett defensively and on the glass. Nobody expected this play out of a guy that was widely criticized for having motivation issues in his college career. That lack of motor has not reared it’s head in this playoff run, as Lavoy has been one of the most high-energy players on the roster.

The rest of our young core also handed in a performance to remember. When Ray Allen dropped a three pointer to put the Celtics ahead late in the game, Jrue Holiday dribbled right back up the court and, with the Boston crowd still going insane, drained a three ball of his own to retake the lead. As the crowd grew silent, he blew a kiss to the Boston faithful as a kind of exclamation of his arrival. That is confidence you wouldn’t normally find in a 20-year-old kid playing against a team of perennial All-Stars.

Evan Turner showed us why he was the number two overall pick in the draft with his clutch performance in limited minutes. His acrobatic layup that put us ahead for the last time will be seen on highlight reels for years to come. He is quickly becoming one of the most explosive fast-break players not only on the roster, but in the entire Eastern Conference. His confidence has skyrocketed since the beginning of the season, so look for him to be a key player if Philadelphia finds a way to advance to the conference finals.

The most important improvement this team has made is their poise in the final seconds of a game. It is no secret that they’ve had trouble closing out tight games this year. However, it seems like they may have figured themselves out. in the waning seconds of a nail biter, Turner, Williams and Holiday combined to go 6 for 6 from the free-throw line. Not only was it impressive that they were perfect from the stripe in the most high-pressure situation, but it was also their first trip to the line as a collective. This group of young role players looked more like seasoned veterans as the clock ran out. Those are the kinds of moments that can propel a team to greatness.

As they make the trip back to Philadelphia, the eyes of an entire city are finally on the 76ers. The Wells Fargo Center will be erupting on Wednesday night. If the Sixers can win both games at home, they will be one victory away from the Eastern Conference finals. Win or lose, I think it is safe to say that the Philadelphia 76ers are back.

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