BOSTON — They missed a slew of free throws. They clanked shot after shot after shot.
No matter how hard the Philadelphia 76ers seemed to do everything to give the game to the Celtics, they couldn't do it. Evan Turner made an acrobatic, driving layup in the final seconds to hand Boston a disheartening 95-94 loss on Wednesday night at TD Garden.
It was yet another game in which the Celtics (15-33) did everything they needed to do except get the victory.
Jared Sullinger was as dominant as we've seen him this season, scoring 24 points to go with 17 rebounds.
Jeff Green had 18 points and six rebounds to go with four assists.
Boston's second unit contributed at a fairly high level, as well. Kris Humphries had a near double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds, Jerryd Bayless chipped in with 10 points and four rebounds.
Kelly Olynyk played major minutes as well, finishing with nine points, four rebounds and three assists.
Meanwhile, the Sixers got a team-high 20 points from Spencer Hawes and Turner's winner was part of a 16-point, 8-assist, 6-rebound night.
Boston seemed to take control with a 15-4 run in the fourth, only to give the game back to the Sixers and make it a back-and-fourth tussle in the game's final minutes of play.
The Celtics came out and established themselves with Green leading the way, scoring 13 first-quarter points which helped the Celtics lead 26-23 after the quarter.
Philadelphia was better in the second quarter, especially Hawes who drained a pair of 3s as part of a 10-0 Sixers run to start the quarter.
It wasn't until Brandon Bass made a pair of free throws did the Celtics score in the second quarter.
Bass' points were nothing more than a band-aid on the bleeding about to be ensued as Philadelphia continued to pull away and led by as many as 14 points (48-34) in the second.
The Celtics fought back behind some much-needed shot making from Bayless who missed his first four shots of the night but followed with a pair of baskets that were part of a 7-0 Boston run.
The game remained relatively close the remainder of the second quarter, which ended with Boston trailing 53-47 at the half.