Sixers lose BIG in Game 3, Boston leads 2-1

Elton Brand, Andre Iguodala and Spencer Hawes look on as the Celtics defeated the Sixers in Game 3.

The Philadelphia 76ers undefeated streak at home in the playoffs is over. The Sixers failed to keep the streak alive as they fell in Game 3, 107-91. The Boston Celtics played their most complete game of the series to this point. They continued to play impressive defense and finally woke up on the offensive end of the floor. The Celtics had 81 points in Game 2. They eclipsed that mark midway through the third quarter in Game 3.

The Sixers started off the game well. They took a five point lead into the second quarter and seemed to have finally found some rhythm to their offense. The rhythm soon disappeared as the Sixers went on one of their all too familiar scoring slumps. The team matched their first quarter total, scoring just 33 points in the next two quarters combined.

The Celtics were certainly impressive on the offensive end of the floor but they generated that offense through staunch defense. They stifled the Sixers offense all night as they forced the Sixers into wild shots and kept them from getting into the lane. Jrue Holiday was able to score 15 and Thaddeus Young finally came to life scoring 22 in 26 minutes off the bench. His fellow bench mates also came through as Lou Williams and Jodie Meeks each scored 13. However, the rest of the starting lineup was extremely flat. Andre Iguodala chipped in ten while Evan Turner came up short notching just four points on 1-10 shooting from the field. Elton Brand scored three points, while Spencer Hawes scored four.

Thaddeus Young drives to the rim against the Celtics defense. Young led the Sixers with 22 points.

The Celtics defense allowed them to get out and run on the Sixers. They played an uptempo pace throughout and scored at will on the Sixers for the first three quarters. The Sixers defense never found any sort of chemistry and they looked extremely lethargic throughout. That is certainly not what we’ve seen from the Sixers in this postseason as they have held opponents to meager totals while they scraped up just enough to win. In fact, 91 points has been plenty on most nights for this Sixers team to be in the game. The defense took the night off.

Rajon Rondo scored 23 points to go along with 14 assists. Kevin Garnett dropped 27 with 13 rebounds and Paul Pierce contributed 24 points and 12 rebounds.

Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce combined to score 74 points to lead the Celtics to a Game 3 win.

The Sixers will have to quickly compose themselves as they prepare for a pivotal Game 4 on Friday. The Sixers will be looking to keep pace in the series, while the Celtics will seek a commanding 3-1 series lead. The Sixers level of passion and intensity in Game 4 will be a true barometer of the mentality of this group. It will be a real test of their manhood.

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