Sixers extend Celtics' woes, 111-102

Sixers extend Celtics' woes, 111-102
April 4, 2014, 10:15 pm
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BOSTON — When you have a record as bad as the Boston Celtics, it's hard to envision coming up short and it qualifying as a bad loss.

Friday's 111-102 defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia 76ers?

Now that's a bad loss.

Keep in mind that the Sixers (17-59) came in having lost 28 of their previous 29 games, the kind of futility that should give any team they're facing added confidence.

Maybe the Celtics (23-53) felt this was a game that they could win without really putting forth great effort.

But here's the problem with that theory.

The Celtics were out there trying to win; maybe too hard.

Rajon Rondo delivered one of his best all-around performances of the season, finishing with 11 points, a game-high 16 assists and and 11 rebounds for his first triple-double of the season.

Jerryd Bayless, who got the start for Boston in place of Avery Bradley (right Achilles), had a strong night as well in leading the Celtics with 23 points which included five made 3s.

But a big game from Boston's starting backcourt meant very little because the ultimate prize on Friday was to get a win over a bad team.

And the Celtics once again came up short.

Give the Sixers credit.

Several of their best players came up big like Henry Sims (24 points, nine rebounds), and Hamilton, Mass. native Michael Carter-Williams.

Arguably the front-runner for this season's Rookie of the Year award, Carter-Williams also had a game high-tying 24 points to go with six assists and six rebounds.

For most of the game, the score was a relatively close affair with neither team leading by double digits until the Sixers went ahead 100-90, following a 12-foot jumper by Thaddeus Young with 2:20 to play.

Young finished with 15 points and eight rebounds.