Monday, May 14, 2012

EC 2nd round: Sixers @ Celtics Game 2. May 14, 2012.

1st Quarter

The Celtics biggest lead in game 1 was 6, they started game 2 with a 9-0 lead and 5-5 from the field.

After the first 6 minutes the Celtics came out with a 15-7 lead, while the Sixers have struggled offensively. Boston has gotten 4 assists from Rajon Rondo (But passing on wide open layups)  and scoring balance from the rest of the starters.  Bass scored 6, KG had 4, Bradley 3 and 2 for Paul Pierce .

Sixers started to play better, yet they still trailed the Celtics 25-21 at the end of 1st quarter.  Rajon Rondo finished with 6 assists, Bass lead the way with 8 points,  Garnett had 4 & 4.  Sixers Jrue Holiday made 2 three pointers and 8 points, no other Sixer had more than 3 points in the quarter.

2nd Quarter

Jodie Meeks and Spencer Hawes  had 1 basket apiece and quickly erased Boston's four point lead.  Spencer Hawes jumpshot  gave the Sixers  their first lead of the game at the 8:07 left in the 2nd, showing a lot of poise.

Rondo returned to the game and immediately had a big impact, scoring on a floater and dishing an alley oop pass to Ryan Hollins.  The Sixers had 8 turnovers in the 2nd quarter after having just 1 in the first. Ryan Hollins drawn 2 offensive fouls.  With 2:56 remaining in the 2nd, both teams have combined for just 22 points.

Sixers took the lead again with a Jrue Holiday three, his third triple of the game, but it didn't last long. Paul Pierce had a three of his own and Celtics went to the half with a 38-36 lead.  Both teams combined for 28 points in 46 possessions in the 2nd quarter.     13 of Sixers 36 points were scored by Jrue Holiday, however, they went 15-41 from the field.

3rd Quarter

Sixers started the quarter with 4 turnovers and Boston took a early 5 point lead.    Under 6:00 to play in the third and Boston has 5 points, Sixers 4.  A very low scoring game.

Elton Brand scored 7 points in the third quarter, Lou Williams had a tip in,  Lavoy Allen made a  jumper and Philly got themselves a 51-47  lead. Their third of the game.  The Celtics started the quarter 4-14 FG along with  7 turnovers.   Sixers kept making shots and Celtics kept missing (4-17 from the field), Sixers ended the quarter on a 14-2 run and got a 57-49 lead at the end of 3.

4th Quarter 

It only took the Celtics 3 minutes to score 10 points in the 4th quarter, they had 11 points in the 3rd.  C's have outscored the Sixers 12-8, however, they are still down 65-61.   Witth 6:50 left in the 4th, Sixers have no team fouls, Boston has 2.

Kevin Garnett has dominated the 4th quarter, he has made three first goals and with 4:33 remaining, the game is tied at 65.  Philly can't get anything to go down, credit the Boston defense for that.  There had been 9 lead changes and 7 ties in the quarter alone.  Both teams started to make their three pointers.  Bradley, Holiday and  Ray Allen made 3 three pointers in a row.

Evan Turner made an impossible, circus shot, with 40 secs remaining to put Philly up 1.  76-75.  Celtics couldn't make a shot to put them ahead, they fouled Evan Turner and he made both free throws.
78-75 Sixers and Celtics, with no timeouts, have 12 seconds to tie.

Kevin Garnett was called for an offensive foul with 10 seconds remaining.  After two Sixers free throws, Ray Allen made a three to put Boston down just two, 80-78.  Sixers made 2 more free throws and KG made a three at the buzzer, and Philly won 82-81. 

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