BOSTON - Boston Celtics basketball is rarely pretty, but man, is it gutsy. The younger and much more athletic Philadelphia 76ers walked over the Celts for most of the first three quarters, but an energetic fourth quarter gave the green team just enough of a boost to capture a 92-91 win in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Saturday night.
Well, that, and Kevin Garnett.
Garnett had another phenomenal game, finishing with a game-high 29 points and 11 rebounds while keeping the sluggish Celtics in the game early. Rajon Rondo also played well -- at times -- capturing yet another triple double with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 17 assists. Paul Pierce scored 14 and Ray Allen added 12 points off the bench.
Andre Iguodala led Philly with 19 points, six rebounds and six assists in the loss.
Game 2 will be played on Monday night at TD Garden. Tip off is at 7:00 p.m. EST (TNT).