Mar 07, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (34) brings the ball up court during the second quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers defeated the Celtics 103-71. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

76ers 103, Celtics 71: Evan Turner, Philly Stomp All Over Boston

Evan Turner's career night (26 points) led the Philadelphia 76ers past the Boston Celtics, 103-71, Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Paul Pierce scored 16 as Boston had its five-game winning streak snapped.

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76ers 103, Celtics 71: Evan Turner, Philadelphia Pick Apart Boston

Evan Turner, starting for only the second time this season, put forth a career effort, amassing 26 points and nine rebounds as the Philadelphia 76ers clobbered the Boston Celtics, 103-71, on Wednesday night in Philadelphia, PA.

"I was going to send Ty Lue out tonight, because I don't have anything to say," Celtics head coach Doc Rivers said. "We just didn't have it honestly. I thought Philly played terrific. We were sloppy. We missed a ton of open shots."

Turner was 11-of-19 from the field and led an efficient Sixers attack, as they team shot 48.3 percent from the field. Philly had six players reach double-digit scoring and out-rebounded the Celtics badly, 54-35. Elton brand had 18 points and nine boards, Lou Williams scored 15, Nikola Vucevic had 12 points and 14 rebounds and both Andre Iguodala and Jrue Holiday had 10 points for the Sixers.

"I thought he was terrific," Rivers said about Turner. "I thought he controlled the pace. I thought he was the key guy in the game."

Paul Pierce was the Celtics' leading scorer, finishing with 16 points in 26 minutes. Brandon Bass scored 12 and grabbed four boards while JaJuan Johnson added 10 points off the bench. Rajon Rondo had an unimpressive five points and eight assists, Ray Allen scored just two points and Kevin Garnett had eight points and five rebounds.

"Let's give Philly some credit," said Rivers. "They were ready for us.".

Boston had a chance to tie Philadelphia for first place in the Atlantic Division with a win, but instead fall two games behind the Sixers in the race for the division. Boston returns to action at home on Friday night against the Portland Trail Blazers before heading on an eight-game West coast road trip that starts Sunday.

Final - 3.7.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
Boston Celtics 17 16 20 18 71
Philadelphia 76ers 33 22 25 23 103

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Celtics Vs. 76ers Halftime Score: Nightmare Half Ends, C's Down 55-33

The nightmarish first half came to an end in Philadelphia with the Boston Celtics trailing the Atlantic Division leading Philadelphia 76ers, 55-33, in a battle for first place at the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday night.

Evan Turner, starting for the second time this season, had an extremely productive half, scoring a game-high 16 points on 7-of-13 shooting and Elton Brand had 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting and collected five rebounds for Philadelphia, which shot 52.2 percent in the half.

Three players -- Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Brandon Bass -- scored eight points in the half for Boston, which was held to 34.1 percent shooting. Rajon Rondo had two points, six assists and two steals and Chris Wilcox, Keyon Dooling and Greg Stiemsma each scored two off the Boston bench. The Celtics are 0-for-3 behind the arc and are being out-rebounded 31-15.

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The Celtics can take the Atlantic Division lead with a victory Wednesday night against the 76ers.

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