Eighteen point leads are never safe in the NBA, especially when held by the Celtics.
Aided by a 76ers team that couldn't shoot straight, the Celtics led by 15 in the 1st quarter, 15 at the half, and 18 early in the 3rd quarter.
But in typical Celtics fashion, the C's eased up and gave it all away. Three stats tell the story: 17 turnovers. 28 personal fouls. 17 offensive rebounds for Philly.
Kevin Garnett may have played his worst game as a Celtic: 9 points, 3-12 FG and 7 TOs.
Brandon Bass had 15 points (6-10 FG) in 22 minutes. He sat for all but 36 seconds of the 4th quarter as Doc River stuck with his small line-up. Mistake?
Ray Allen (5 points, 2-6 FG, 6 rebounds, -24) looks awful on defense. And if he's not making shots, then what's the point of playing him?
Props to Andre Iguodala and Lou Williams for making big shots.
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