While it wasn't pretty for most of the night, Boston dug deep and was able to squeak out a 92-91 victory in Game One, largely in part to Kevin Garnett's 29 points and 11 rebounds and Rajon Rondo's triple-double.
The Celtics turned what was a 10-point deficit early in the fourth quarter into a six-point advantage late with a 23-7 run. Nobody turns up the heat better on a team than Boston when it's crunch time.
After beating Chicago in six games, Philadelphia won't be an easy out. Granted the Bulls had some huge injury issues, but Doug Collins has his team believing in a defense-first mentality that has served them well throughout the season.
However, the Celtics are the heavy favorites and for good reason. They displayed their experience and poise on Saturday, and will look to play even better on Monday.
If the Sixers want any chance in this series, winning Game Two is an absolute must. Regardless of going home, a 2-0 hole would be just about impossible to climb out of.
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