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April 18, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
WITH HEAVY HEARTS, the Celtics gathered Tuesday to practice. They were supposed to be preparing for a game against Indiana at TD Garden, but that game was canceled in light of the deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon Monday. The NBA office had the final say about whether to cancel the game, and it announced the decision Monday night. Celtics president Rich Gotham said, from the team's perspective, the cancellation was not about public fear but "it was more a feeling about what's the right thing to do in this situation.
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May 12, 2012
The 76ers were 2-1 against Boston during the regular season, including a 32-point home victory March 7. Here is a look at those games:   76ers 103, Celtics 71 March 7 at the Wells Fargo Center   This game was all Sixers. Evan Turner made big news by scoring a career-high 26 points and pulling down nine rebounds as six Sixers scored in double figures. The victory ended a two-game losing streak and put the Sixers two games ahead of the Celtics for first place in the Atlantic Division.
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April 28, 2010 | Daily News Wire Services
The Boston Celtics have a few days off to prepare for the second round of the NBA playoffs and a matchup with LeBron James. Ray Allen scored 24 points, making five three-pointers in the second half to help the Celtics beat Miami, 96-86, last night in Boston and eliminate the Heat in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series. The Celtics will play the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference semifinals that will open Saturday in Cleveland. "I think it's a great matchup. It's great for basketball - such a classic series," said Paul Pierce, who scored 21 points.
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May 12, 2012
Here is the 76ers Eastern Conference semifinals playoff schedule May 12: 76ers at Boston, 8 p.m. May 14: 76ers at Boston, 7 p.m May 16: Boston at 76ers, 7 p.m. May 18: Boston at 76ers, TBD May 21: x-76ers at Boston, TBD May 23: x-Boston at 76ers, TBD May 26: x-76ers at Boston, TBD x-If necessary  
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January 26, 2013
The Boston Celtics, leading by 29-10 after the first quarter, fell to the host Atlanta Hawks, 123-111, in double overtime. It was Boston's sixth straight loss. Atlanta's Kyle Korver led all scorers with 27 points while making 8 of 12 three-point shots. Kevin Garnett had 24 points for the Celtics. Elsewhere: Dwyane Wade scored 29 points and sparked a pivotal run to help the host Heat defeat the Pistons, 110-88, and earn their fourth victory in a row.   Kings intrigue An NBA spokesman confirmed billionaire Ron Burkle talked for two hours with commissioner David Stern at the league's New York offices Thursday to discuss his interest in the Kings.
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February 9, 2013
The Celtics' Paul Pierce scored 24 points and led a third-quarter surge that paced host Boston over the Los Angeles Lakers, 116-95, Thursday night. The Celtics improved to 6-0 since losing point guard Rajon Rondo for the season with a knee injury. Kobe Bryant scored 27 to lead the Lakers, who suffered their worst loss of the season despite the return of Dwight Howard after he missed three games with a sore right shoulder. Williams' knee surgery Atlanta Hawks guard Lou Williams had reconstructive knee surgery Thursday and will now begin a long rehabilitation period that could leave his status in question for the start of next season.
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May 13, 2008 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
All roads point to trouble for Boston. LeBron James scored 21 points, jamming in a powerhouse dunk over a defenseless Kevin Garnett in the final two minutes, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Celtics, 88-77, in Game 4 last night to tie the best-of-seven series at two games each. The top-seeded Celtics are 0-5 on the road in the playoffs, having lost three times to Atlanta and twice to Cleveland. Boston was 31-10 on the road during the season. James survived another weak shooting game, hitting on just 7 of 20 from the field.
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May 25, 1988 | By Diane Pucin, Inquirer Staff Writer
There were two fights Mike Tyson would have enjoyed, $14,500 worth of fines, the pass that lost a series, a crash more suited to the Indianapolis 500 and two players who declared Larry Bird overrated because of his skin color. And the basketball was superb. It was last season's NBA Eastern Conference final, won by Boston, 4-3, when Bird came through with 37 points and the Celtics beat the Detroit Pistons, 117-114, in the seventh game. Boston-Detroit II will begin at 8:05 tonight at the Boston Garden, and the cast of characters hasn't changed.
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April 10, 2012 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer
BOSTON - It had been a long time since 76ers coach Doug Collins could heap such praise after watching his team play. Problem was, following Sunday's game against Boston, the subject of Collins' adulation wasn't his own team, but instead the Celtics. Of course, finding positives with his own team has been a little hard to come by recently. But what Collins said about his friend Doc Rivers' team was what he no doubt wanted his players to hear. Before and after the Sixers fell, 103-79, to the Celtics, Collins poured praise over Boston like gravy on mashed potatoes, while, at the same time, sending a message to his players, if any of them cared to listen.
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December 23, 1990 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Boston Celtics announced yesterday that they have signed Derek Smith, the former 76er recovering from knee surgery. Smith, signed for the rest of the season, will begin his term with the Celtics on the suspended list and stay there until he completes his rehabilitation. It apparently will be a month before he will be activated by the Celtics. "He's an example of somebody with a lot of heart," said forward Kenny Payne, one of Smith's closest friends on the Sixers. "He's a guy who bad situations seem to follow, but they always work out for him. I never expected to see him in a Boston uniform, but they're a good team and they got a good player.
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August 10, 2016
IMAGINATION and reality may have never battled each other more in the Philadelphia sports landscape than it has over the past couple of seasons when it comes to the 76ers. The battle continues as the start of training camp at the end of September draws near. As the days pass until then and no word leaks of injury, the imagination grows of what may be this season, one year after the Sixers posted only 10 wins. The most common question I get asked from fans is this: How many wins will they get this season?
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April 18, 2016 | By Keith Pompey, STAFF WRITER
The biggest problem with the 76ers' rebuilding plan, dubbed "The Process," was that it relied too heavily on luck. And for the most part, the organization was unlucky under Sam Hinkie, the former general manager and president of basketball operations. The latest example of that came Friday, eight days after Hinkie's abrupt resignation. The Sixers got the worst possible tiebreaker outcome for the first-round pick they'll receive from the Heat. Miami was tied for the 21st-worst record with the Hawks, Hornets, and Celtics.
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March 22, 2016 | By Keith Pompey, STAFF WRITER
Turn back the calendar to the 2013-14 season and the Boston Celtics were the team the 76ers could count on defeating. The Sixers won three of that campaign's four meetings with their Atlantic Division rivals. And they haven't beaten them since. This time, the Celtics prevailed, 120-105, Sunday evening at Wells Fargo Center in what was their eighth straight series victory. The Sixers' last series win came on April 14, 2014, the second-to-last game of that season. Both teams have undergone face-lifts since that victory.
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March 20, 2016 | By Keith Pompey, STAFF WRITER
There was a time, not too long ago, when the 76ers' future appeared brighter than that of the Boston Celtics. Smart decisions over an extended period of time by the Celtics combined with the Sixers' focus on acquiring assets over much-needed players have proven otherwise. And it might be a long time before the Sixers can reach the Celtics' level unless they're lucky. While the Sixers (9-60) felt it was best to extend their tank job into a third straight season, the Celtics (39-30)
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January 26, 2016 | By Keith Pompey, Staff Writer
The 76ers fell short of taking a major step forward. No one can dispute that they've become a better team since acquiring Ish Smith in a trade with the New Orleans Pelicans on Dec. 24. However, they hadn't beaten a team with a winning record. Sunday night was a prime opportunity for them to accomplish that feat - or so was the thought. The Boston Celtics hammered the Sixers, 112-92, at the Wells Fargo Center. The loss dropped the home team to 6-39 this season. It also marked their seventh straight setback in the series with the Celtics (24-21)
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January 25, 2016 | By Keith Pompey, Staff Writer
Brett Brown would probably disagree. A victory Sunday against the Boston Celtics would provide a confidence boost for his 76ers. It would also serve as validation of their improvement from the start of the season. Here's why: A win against the Celtics (23-21) would finally give the Sixers (6-38) a victory against a team with a winning record. But . . . "I don't even sort of position it like that," Brown said of the benefits of a win. "We lost to the Chicago Bulls in overtime.
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January 24, 2016 | By Keith Pompey, STAFF WRITER
Turn back the calendar to Nov. 25, the night when the 76ers lost to the Boston Celtics because the Sixers looked like a team that couldn't get out of its own way. They missed seven of their final eight shots after holding an 11-point lead with 6 minutes, 16 seconds remaining. They turned the ball over on six of seven late fourth-quarter possessions. They finished with 18 turnovers. The miscues doomed the Sixers in the 84-80 setback that marked their 26th consecutive loss, dating to March 27, to tie a U.S. professional sports record.
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November 27, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
BOSTON – The 76ers lost their way into the U.S. professional record book in fitting fashion – not with a blowout, but with the kind of occurrences typical of a team that can't get out of its own way. They missed seven of their final eight shots after holding an 11-point lead with 6 minutes, 16 seconds remaining. They turned the ball over on six of seven late fourth-quarter possessions. They finished with 19 turnovers. The miscues doomed the Sixers to an 84-80 loss to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night at TD Garden, making it 26 consecutive losses dating back to March 27, tying the most in sports history no matter how it's counted.
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October 30, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
BOSTON - About 65 million years ago in the Gulf of Mexico, scientists say, an asteroid crashed into earth, caused mass extinctions, ended the Cretaceous Period and began the current Cenozoic Era. Wednesday night at the TD Garden, the Okafor Era began, though with considerably less combustion; but, for the Sixers, a giant seismic impact. It is impossible to overstate the significance of Jahlil Okafor . . . though the Philadelphia region seemed mystifyingly indifferent. Think about it: The Sixers finally added a complete player.
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August 14, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 76ers will open the regular season on the road for the second consecutive year. This time, it will be a homecoming for second-year power forward Nerlens Noel. He'll lead the Sixers against the Boston Celtics in an opener at TD Garden on Oct. 28. Noel's hometown of Everett, Mass., is less than four miles from the arena. The Sixers will play seven of their first 12 games at home before spending 18 of their next 24 on the road, including six straight away games. The NBA announced its schedule Wednesday.
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