With their latest win against the best team in the East, the Philadelphia 76ers (34-31) continue to prove that they will not be a pushover as a potential seventh-seed in the upcoming playoffs.
The 76ers beat the defending Eastern conference champions, the Boston Celtics, 89-86 last night in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia led Boston throughout the game until midway through the fourth and final quarter when the Celtics took an 81-79 lead. The 76ers then went on a 6-0 run to recapture the lead for the remainder of the game.
It was a team effort by everyone who played for the 76ers that night, especially in the points category; five players were in double figures. Elton Brand and Spencer Hawes led the 76ers with 14 points each.
Although their record against the top tier teams in the NBA is nothing to brag about, Philadelphia has been playing well against those teams as of late. They earned wins against the league-best record in the San Antonio Spurs ( 77-71 Feb. 11) and last night against the Celtics.
In their March losses to the Oklahoma City Thunder (110-105) and the Dallas Mavericks (101-93) they fell to defeat by only 13 points combined. Despite losing to both teams, Philadelphia were there to the end, and even had multiple opportunities to win both games, but could not capitalize.
As the regular season inches to a conclusion, the 76ers are only a half-game behind the New York Knicks (sixth seed)) and three games behind the Atlanta Hawks (fifth seed). Both teams are on losing streaks, so if the 76ers can keep up their intensity throughout the final games, they have a shot at a higher seed.
All in all, teams should keep their Nyquil at home when playing the 76ers because they are a team to be wrecking with, not one to sleep on.