Boston Celtics (25-55) at Philadelphia 76ers (17-63). 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - A pair of Atlantic Division foes hoping to close out the
season on a high note get together Monday, as the Boston Celtics take on the
Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center.
The Celtics have won two in a row since losing nine straight and recorded a
111-99 victory at Cleveland on Saturday behind 25 points from Kelly Olynyk and
Avery Bradley. Jeff Green and Brandon Bass scored 19 points apiece for the
Celtics, who survived a 41-22 difference in the fourth quarter.
"We were shorthanded as far as bodies go, but all eight guys were pretty good
and were locked in tonight," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.
Boston played without key contributors in Rajon Rondo, Jared Sullinger, Jerryd
Bayless and Kris Humphries. All four are questionable for Monday.
The Celtics ended a 13-game road losing streak against the Cavs and are 9-31
as the visitor this season. They will close the season at home Wednesday
versus the Washington Wizards.
Philadelphia is 1-6 since ending a 26-game losing streak and has lost its last
four games, including Saturday's 111-105 setback at Charlotte.
Michael Carter-Williams posted 23 points with eight assists and seven
rebounds, while Thaddeus Young finished with 16 points and Henry Sims added 15
points and six rebounds in the setback.
"I thought that the energy in the first half was great," said Sixers coach
Brett Brown. "We blinked a little in the third period and found a way to get
back in it in the fourth after being down by the (16-point) margin."
The Sixers have a 9-31 record at home and will close a disappointing season
Wednesday at the Miami Heat.
Philadelphia is 2-1 against Boston this season, but the Celtics have won two
straight and nine of the past 13 trips to south Philly.
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