Three things we learned in Philly's 82-81 win in Game 2 last night at TD Garden:
Certain players on both teams seemed to shrink offensively in Game 1, and although Game 2 was an offensive struggle in general, some players stepped up when needed.
For Philadelphia, it was clear that Jrue Holiday was feeling it early. He drained a couple of 3-pointers early on and kept the 76ers around. He finished with a game-high 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting.
For Boston, Mickael Pietrus came out of his postseason slump by draining two huge three’s to start the fourth quarter. That helped bring the C’s back from an eight-point deficit and make it a game down the stretch.
Breaking news: The Celtics and 76ers just exchanged turnovers, followed by bricks off the backboard. Seriously, it was that type of game for three-and-a-half quarters, as neither the C’s or Sixers could get anything going offensively.
The Celtics shot just 4-of-17 in the third quarter, and went into the fourth shooting just 34-percent. The Sixers also started the second half almost as bad as the Celtics, but an Andre Iguodala circus layup seemed to spark them and help them finish the quarter strong.
They went into the fourth quarter with momentum, but lost it quickly in the fourth.
Sixers steal one
Perhaps no game in the series (aside from a Game 7, obviously) is more important than Game 2, and the Sixers found a way to win it on the road.
It was the Celtics’ duty to protect home court and go to Philadelphia with a 2-0 series lead, but it did not happen. It’s now up to Boston to take it back with at least one win over the next two games.
The Sixers did it like they have all season – great defense, and offense from top to bottom. Evan Turner's driving layup with 40 seconds left gave Philly a 76-75 lead before it became a free throw battle.
A late offensive foul call on Kevin Garnett did not allow the Celtics to get a final good look with 10 seconds remaining.
Ray Allen led the C’s with 17 points off the bench, while Kevin Garnett added 15 points and 12 rebounds.