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Tuesday, 15 April 2014 02:16

Game #81 Recap: Philadelphia 76ers Slip Past Boston Celtics, 113-108

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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.

Mark Loiselle Jr.

Mark Loiselle Jr. is a Celtics beat writer for CLNS Radio. He currently has a radio show called "The Sports Blast" on ESPN Radio in Nashua, New Hampshire, and writes for The Phinsider. In the past, his work has been published on NESN.com, Phinphanatic.com and Atlantic Twine. 

Mark is a Warwick, Rhode Island native who recently graduated from Springfield College with a degree in communications/sports journalism. You can follow Mark on Twitter @mahkeyL34