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                     === Sixers overcome Celtics in OT ===
 
 Philadelphia,  PA (Sports  Network) - Evan Turner scored 26 points and hit the
 go-ahead  basket  with 3.9 seconds  left in  overtime to lift the Philadelphia
 76ers  to a 95-94  win over the Boston Celtics in an Atlantic Division matchup
 from the Wells Fargo Center.
 
 Turner  added 10  rebounds and Thaddeus Young compiled 17 points and 12 boards
 to help the 76ers halt a two-game losing streak and take the opener of a home-
 and-home  series between  the  longtime rivals.  Jrue  Holiday contributed  15
 points to the hard-fought victory.
 
 "Tonight Evan was huge for us," said Young. "Very satisfying, (winning) a big-
 time rivalry game."
 
 Boston  suffered its second defeat in its last three outings despite a triple-
 double  from  Rajon Rondo  and a game-high  27 points out  of Paul Pierce. The
 Celtics  also received 19 points off the bench from Jeff Green and a 17-point,
 10-rebound effort from Kevin Garnett.
 
 Rondo finished with 16 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds.
 
 Philadelphia  trailed 94-93 after Green sank a 3-pointer from the right corner
 off  a give from  Pierce with 1:54 left in overtime, and the score stayed that
 way heading into the game's last moments.
 
 The  Sixers were given one final chance to prevail after Boston's Courtney Lee
 air-balled  an  attempt from long range  with just under 25 seconds remaining,
 and  made  the most of it  when Turner dribbled  into the lane, pulled up, and
 buried a clutch jumper with Pierce in his face.
 
 "I  just tried to get to my sweet spot on the court," said Turner of the play.
 "Thad Young told me at the beginning of OT to take it over."
 
 Following  a timeout,  the Celtics scrambled down the court and got Rondo open
 near the baseline, but his shot at the buzzer was well off the mark.
 
 "Tough  loss,"  Boston head coach  Doc Rivers remarked. "We didn't necessarily
 play well. I loved our effort. I think we're competing."
 
 During  a nip-and-tuck  fourth quarter in which neither team was ahead by more
 than  four points,  Philadelphia held an 87-84 edge after Holiday hit a jumper
 just past the foul line with 2:29 to go. Garnett fed Green for an easy dunk on
 the  other end, however,  then hit 1-of-2 free throws around a minute later to
 tie the game at 87-87 with 1:11 left to play.
 
 The Sixers went back in front on Turner's second-chance lay-in with 49 seconds
 remaining,  and  Garnett missed a chip-shot  putback off a Jason Terry miss on
 Boston's next trip to keep it a two-point affair.
 
 Holiday  misfired on the ensuing set, however, and Garnett redeemed himself by
 knocking down an open 20-footer with 7.7 seconds on the clock that would force
 extra time.
 
 Philadelphia closed out an evenly played first quarter with a 6-0 run to forge
 a  28-28 tie  at period's  end,  and the  game remained  tight throughout  the
 duration of the opening half.
 
 Boston  reeled  off six straight  points, capped by  a Green floater with 43.9
 seconds  left,  to claim a  50-43 lead, but Holiday  drew a foul while scoring
 with  time winding  down and converted the  subsequent bonus shot to make it a
 four-point differential at intermission.
 
 The  Sixers  then came out  strong to begin the  second half, putting forth an
 11-2 surge in which Turner accounted for five points to go up by a 57-52 count
 three minutes into the third quarter. Philadelphia owned its largest advantage
 of  the  night at 68-61  with four minutes  left in the  frame, but a Green 3-
 pointer  ignited a  9-2 Boston flurry that Pierce culminated with a thunderous
 driving dunk to knot the contest at 70-70 near the end of the session.
 
 A  Spencer Hawes jumper on the following possession put Philadelphia on top by
 two entering the fourth quarter.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  teams  will face  one another  again Saturday night  in Boston ... Sixers
 guard Nick Young missed a third straight game due to a hyperextended left toe,
 while  center Kwame  Brown was inactive with a stomach virus ... Rondo notched
 the  24th triple  double of his career including playoffs, and the Celtics had
 been 22-1 when he achieved the feat prior to Friday's setback ... Philadelphia
 registered only its second win in nine games this season when being outshot by
 its  opponent. The 76ers made just 37.4 percent of their attempts, compared to
 43.2  percent for the  Celtics ... Philadelphia is now 10-0 on the season when
 ahead or tied at the start of the fourth quarter.
 
 12/08 00:20:59 ET

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