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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

76ers-Celtics: Three-Pointers Tell the Tale for the Sixers

The 76ers lost their second straight game Tuesday night, with a 110-91 loss to the Boston Celtics. For the Celtics, it was a franchise record 19th consecutive win. The Sixers are now 12-16, 3-2 under new head coach Tony DiLeo. The Celtics are 27-2, on top in the Atlantic Division, and have the best start for a two-loss team in NBA history.

Lou Williams and Marreese Speights continued their fine play off the bench, assuring that they will both continue to see quality minutes. Williams had 16 points and eight assists in 32 minutes, while Speights had 16 points, six rebounds, and three blocks in 31 minutes. Other double digit scorers for the Sixers were Andre Iguodala and Andre Miller with 14 apiece, and Reggie Evans with 12 points in 16 minutes off the bench.

Kareem Rush started in place of the injured Willie Green, but scored just four points in 19 minutes.

For the Celtics, Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo both had 18 points, despite playing just 29 minutes each. Ray Allen had 16 points and Paul Pierce had 10. Eddie House and Leon Powe added a combined 28 points off the bench, to extend the Celtics' lead in the fourth quarter.

The real story here is that the Sixers went 0 for 11 from behind the arc, including an 0 for 5 performance by Andre Iguodala. On the season, Iguodala is shooting 23.5% from behind the arc, but still continues to put up three point attempts. He has 68 three-point attempts through 28 games.

The Celtics shot 50% from the behind the arc, including 2 of 3 from Ray Allen and 3 of 6 from Eddie House.

The 76ers are now 1-5 in their last six against the Boston Celtics. Their next game is 12/26 at Denver. They also have away games against Utah, Dallas, and San Antonio in late December to early January.

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