Boston, the No. 4 seed in the East, took care of the No. 5 seeded Atlanta Hawks, winning in six games after a 83-80 victory on Thursday night. Philadelphia, the No. 8 seed in the East, eliminated the No. 1 seeded Chicago Bulls with a 79-78 win in Game 6 on Thursday.
Boston and Philadelphia met three times in the regular season, and the Sixers won the first two meetings by a combined 45 points. Evan Turner's career game (26 points) led Philly to a dominant 32-point win, 103-71, in the series opener on March 7. Boston lost again in the second meeting, this time by 13 points (99-86), on March 23 in the finale of a season-long eight-game road trip. Boston beat Philly in the season series finale, 103-79, on April 8.
The last postseason meeting between the Celtics and 76ers came in the 2002 NBA Playoffs, when Boston edged Philly, 3-2, in a best-of-five opening round series. Boston went on to beat the Detroit Pistons in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, 4-1, before losing to the New Jersey Nets, 4-2, in an exciting Eastern Conference Finals series.
Dates, times and broadcast information for the second round have not yet been released.