x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

76ers tie play-offs after scrappy win over Boston Celtics

Philadelphia tie Eastern Conference series as Brass stumbles.

Philadelphia's Elton Brand dunks against the Boston Celtics in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs
Philadelphia's Elton Brand dunks against the Boston Celtics in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs

PHILADELPHIA// The Philadelphia 76ers have kept their season alive with a 82-75 victory over the Boston Celtics to force a seventh game in their Eastern Conference play-off series.

Jrue Holiday claimed 20 points and six assists, while Elton Brand had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Sixers to even the series with Celtics at three games each.

Philadelphia once again rebounded from a 101-85 loss in game five by rallying in the second half of a scrappy game to beat the favourites.

Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett provided 24 and 20 points for Boston, who kept within striking distance by making 20-of-23 from the free throw line.

Game five hero Brandon Bass finished with just eight points on two-of-12 shooting. His 27 points sparked Boston to a 101-85 rout in game five and a series lead.

"We competed every possession. It was a battle," Philadelphia head coach Doug Collins said.

"Our guys did a really good job.  We have given ourselves a chance. All we wanted was to win tonight and give ourselves a chance."

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