After a two-game, feel-good string of games, the Boston Celtics (25-56) clashed with the NBA’s second worst team, the Philadelphia 76ers (18-63), but things didn't go accordingly and fell short in a 113-108 loss on Monday.
The Sixers win season series, 3-1.
The Celtics started the game off ugly. In the second quarter, to be specific, Boston shot a devastating 20-percent (4-for-20) from the field.
Philly had everything going for them in the first half with great shooting, defense and urgency in all facets of the game. Behind Michael Carter-Williams, who posted eight of his 21 points in the first quarter, allowed Philly to get comfortable with a 17-point margin, 67-50.
Boston started to get back on their toes in the third quarter. Led by Kelly Olynyk and Jeff Green, the Celtics created a 14-3 run throughout the final three minutes of the third.
Olynyk, who had a career-high 25 points and 12 rebounds against the Cleveland Cavaliers, published a new career-high with 28 points, as well as nine rebounds and three assists. Green use a sense of urgency and efficient shooting posting 27 points (12 in the first) and three rebounds for the game.
Celtics shot an impressive 59-percent in that respected quarter of play.
Boston cut the lead as far as four to embark the final quarter of play. The Celtics continued their second-half dominance recording a 11-4 stint through the first five minutes.
It was a back-and-forth atmosphere in the closing minutes of the final quarter. Olynyk knocked down a huge two, but Sixers’ Henry Sims made a two-point jumper himself.
The Celtics found themselves in a tough position after experiencing a five-second violation. Boston was down 111-105 with 15 seconds.
Green cut the lead after converting on all three free throws in the aftermath of a foul from Philadelphia’s Tony Wroten, 111-108. Philadelphia held strong forcing Boston’s Chris Johnson to step out of bounds in the final second of the game.
Boston shot 47-percent for the game and Philly finished 54-percent from the field.
The Celtics will host the Washington Wizards to conclude their 2014 season on Wednesday at 8 p.m.