Mar 23, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers forward Andre Iguodala (9) is defended by Boston Celtics guard Keyon Dooling (51) during the second quarter at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

76ers 99, Celtics 86: Boston Runs Out Of Gas In Loss To Philadelphia

Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce both scored 20 points, but the Boston Celtics lost to the Philadelphia 76ers, 99-86, on Friday at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Mickael Pietrus suffered from a "questionable closed head injury" in the loss.

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Celtics Vs. 76ers Final Score: Boston Falls In Philadelphia, 99-86

The Boston Celtics will have to wait to take over the top spot in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division as they fell to the top-ranked Sixers by a score of 99-86 on Friday night in Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center. The Celtics won two in a row before falling to the 76ers on Friday night and this was the Sixers' second win in the last six games.

Boston was led by Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, who both scored 20 points in their losing effort. Brandon Bass also chipped in 18 points. Those three players didn't get a lot of support from the rest of the team as there wasn't another player who was able to reach double digits. The Sixers were led by Elton Brand, who also scored 20 points on Friday night. He had much more support, though, as Jrue Holiday scored 15 points, Andre Iguodala scored 14 and Spencer Hawes chipped in 12.

Final - 3.23.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
Boston Celtics 32 17 17 20 86
Philadelphia 76ers 26 17 37 19 99

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The Celtics will attempt to bounce back from their loss to the Sixers on Sunday in Washington against the Wizards at 6 p.m. while the 76ers travel to San Antonio on Sunday to take on the Spurs.

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Mickael Pietrus Injury: Celtics Reserve Leaves Game On Stretcher

Mickael Pietrus suffered a scary injury during the second quarter of the Boston Celtics' game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. Pietrus fell hard and landed on his upper back after driving to the basket. He was motionless on the ground for several minutes before being removed on a stretcher.

The team has not yet released an update on Pietrus' condition, but the Associated Press reported (via ESPN's Chris Forsberg) that he has been taken to a nearby hospital and diagnosed with a "questionable closed head injury." Pietrus was starting in place of an injured Ray Allen, who missed Friday's game with a sore right ankle. Pietrus, a three-point specialist, is averaging 6.9 points and 3.0 rebounds through 36 games this season.

Boston also lost Avery Bradley in the game, as he injured his left ankle.

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Celtics vs. 76ers Halftime Score: Celtics Lead At Halftime, 49-43

The Boston Celtics lead the Philadelphia 76ers by the score of 49-43 in Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center after the first half of play. The Celtics are looking to take over first place in the Atlantic Division with a win over the current first place Sixers. Boston is coming off two wins in a row while the 76ers have lost four of their last five games.

The Celtics were led by Kevin Garnett, who scored 14 in the first half against the Sixers. Paul Pierce scored 13 and Brandon Bass chipped in 10. The Sixers were led by Spencer Hawes, who scored eight points against the Celtics in the first half, while Andre Iguodala and Jrue Holiday chipped in seven points and Lou Williams came off the bench to add six points.

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Celtics Vs. 76ers: Boston Seeking First Place In Philadelphia

Kevin Garnett and the Boston Celtics (25-21) take on the division rival Philadelphia 76ers (26-21) with first place in the Atlantic Division on the line at 8 p.m. EDT on Friday night at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA (ESPN/WEEI).

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