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Sixers feeling confident heading back to Philadelphia

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Sixers feeling confident heading back to Philadelphia

BOSTON -- After a one-point loss to the Boston Celtics in the opening game of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, the Philadelphia 76ers were determined to make the necessary adjustments to change the outcome in Game 2.

The end result was another one-point win, this time in the Sixers favor, which left the Celtics looking to do the same as they prepare for Game 3.

"It's all about execution," Elton Brand said following Philadelphia's 82-81 win. "Because the games come so fast, you don't get a lot of practice time. But we watched tons of film and our lack of execution was why we lost Game 1."

On Monday night at TD Garden, the 76ers limited the Celtics to just 13 points in the second quarter and 11 in the third. They held Rajon Rondo, who recorded a triple-double with 13 points, 17 assists, and 12 rebounds in Game 1, to 8 points, 13 dimes, and 7 boards. They also limited Kevin Garnett to 15 points, 14 less than on Saturday.

I think we saw the same type of game last game," said Evan Turner. "We spoke on our day off and we just all pulled together and believed we could win the game, and thats what really happened.

The Game 2 victory gave the 76ers a change in momentum as they return to Philadelphia for Games 3 and 4 on Wednesday and Friday. After fending off the Garden crowd, they look forward to their own fans' support in the next two contests.

Its going to be really crazy," said Turner. "Its going to be a great game. Our fans are definitely excited and it's going to be great to be in front of them to compete.

Just as the Sixers did after Game 1, the Celtics will watch film and make adjustments. The next task for the 76ers will be holding off the C's fight in Game 3.

"Our young guys just keep growin and theyre really becoming men. Im so proud of them," said head coach Doug Collins. "Doc Rivers arguably the best coach in the NBA, and for our guys to just scrap through a game tonight. We just found a way. Again I have to tell you all season long we couldnt win these games and now our guys are believing they can do it, and it is pretty special to watch.

Photo of Celtics' 1963 White House visit recalls a simpler time

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Photo of Celtics' 1963 White House visit recalls a simpler time

As the controversy raged Saturday over President Donald Trump's tweet rescinding the White House invitation to Golden State Warriors' star Stephen Curry, a tweeted photo recalling a simpler time for sports team's presidential visits appeared. 

The nostalgic Twitter account @the_60s_at_50 posted a photo from the Celtics' visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and its principal occupant, John F. Kennedy, on Jan. 31, 1963. JFK had invited his hometown NBA team into the Oval Office for what seemed to be a spur-of-the-moment visit.

A newspaper account of the visit was also posted. The defending NBA champion Celtics were in the Washington area to play the Cincinnati Royals at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House that night and had been taking a tour of the White House when Kennedy invited them in. 

All the team members were there except for star center Bill Russell, who, of course, experienced incidents of racism in Boston that were well-documented. However, Russell's absence was blamed on him oversleeping. His teammates said they didn't know they would meet Kennedy on the tour.  

And yes, that's Celtics legend - and CSN's own - Tommy Heinsohn second from right. Coach Red Auerbach is next to the President on the left, Bob Cousy is next to Auerbach and John Havlicek is the first player in the second row on the left.