Sixers Stage Big Comeback to Win Game 4, Series Tied 2-2

Andre Iguodala and the Sixers came back from 18 down to steal Game 3 from Doc Rivers and the Celtics.

Just when it looked like it was time to make plans for the Sixers’ offseason, the scrappy bunch once again shocked the world. The Sixers overcame an 18 point deficit to defeat the Boston Celtics 92-83. The combination of an embarrassing Game 3 loss, and a horrible first half in Game 4, made it look like the Sixers were clearly in over their heads. The response by the Sixers put that notion to rest and now the Sixers have new life in this series.

The Sixers kept an important streak going with last night’s win. They have still not lost consecutive games in the playoffs and they only have one lose at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Celtics looked like they were going to provide a sequel to the stomping they put on in Game 3. They got off to a 14-0 start in the first quarter and took a 15 point lead into halftime. While Boston was in control early in the game, Sixers Coach Doug Collins told his troops to “keep fighting,” during a timeout. And fight they did.

The Sixers were oddly fortunate to be down by only 15 at halftime. They had played miserably on the offensive end of the floor, but kept Boston from pulling away all together. The Sixers went into the second half with a totally different mindset. They drove to rim, continued to draw fouls, and took smart shots. They also sped up the game and completely got the Boston offense out of rhythm.

Lou Williams scored 15 points, including this and-one finish late in the game.

The Sixers took the third quarter, 28-17 and once again gave themselves a chance late in a game. They did not let that chance go to waste. Lou Williams took control in the fourth quarter. He was among the best scorers in the league in the fourth quarter during the regular season. He electrified the Sixers in the fourth, coming in for Jrue Holiday who was dealing with foul trouble. Williams recorded a pair of and-one floaters and dished an assist to Andre Iguodala for a big three pointer.

Iguodala was also incredibly clutch down the stretch which included two big three-pointers and a step back jumper in the face of Ray Allen. Iguodala once again came through in the clutch and is silencing critics a little more with each clutch basket. The Sixers also received stellar play down the stretch from Lavoy Allen and Thaddeus Young, who closed the game out as the power foward and center and controlled the boards late in the game.

The Sixers dominated the boards 52-38 and drew a number of fouls on the Celtics which hampered their defense. The Sixers took 36 free throws and even though they only made 25, that was more than what the Celtics attempted all game (19).

Andre Iguodala celebrates after hitting a three to put the Sixers up by five late in the fourth quarter.

Iguodala led the Sixers in scoring with 16 points. He also recorded four assists and snatched 7 rebounds. Evan Turner tied Iguodala’s 16 point tally while pulling down nine rebounds. It was impressive to see Turner find a way to contribute despite an abysmal shooting night (5-22). That is a trait of star players. No matter how poorly they play, they contribute. The bench did a great job for the Sixers. Williams dropped 15 points and dished out eight assists. Young scored 12 to go along with nine rebounds. Allen had eight points and 10 rebounds and Jodie Meeks came in late in the game to contribute a key nine points in just 11 minutes of action.

Paul Pierce led the way for Boston with 24 points, while Kevin Garnett only contributed nine. Garnett was flustered with the ball recording seven turnovers. Rajon Rondo was impressive once again with 15 points and 15 assists, but it was not enough especially in the second half.

Boston appeared lethargic and apathetic in the second half and the Sixers played with a nothing to lose attitude. Doc Rivers looked bewildered in his post-game press conference as he tried to put into words how his team lost. With three games to go, the Sixers will have to find a way to win a game in Boston. They will have their first chance to do that on Monday as the teams will get the weekend off to game plan for the pivotal Game 5.

If you’re an expert, you still may be picking the Celtics to win the series, but the Sixers are relishing in the role of playing spoiler.

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