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.