NBA LIVE – Allen 3 pointer Give Boston 12th Victory
The Boston Celtics are in action once again. But this time, the team needed Ray Allen to put pressure on a three-point basket to ensure that the Celtics did win. Allen took a pass from Paul Pierce and attempted a three-pointer baseline with 0.5 seconds remaining to hand the Celtics their 12th straight win by squeaking 100-99 past the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.
Philadelphia shooting guard Andre Igoudala had just hit a fading away jumper to score a straight basketball 99-97 lead for the Sixers who had the entire fourth period lead except during the final buzzer.
Ray Allen and the Deadliest Three-Point Shooter
Pierce really did all the bait work when he faked a defender, then dribbled up the three-point bow then passed the ball to Allen who was waiting for the pass. The Celtics three-point specialist immediately drowned another as he wowed the Sixers.
Kevin Garnett missed the action for a second straight playing day but it didn’t matter as much as two great friends Garnett Allen and Pierce proved the duo were better than the other five teams. The Celtics are coping well without Garnett in the line-up as the team has won eight straight games without him and 12-2 without Garnett from last season.
Pierce had 29 points while Allen had 23 points and was 5-for-7 from the field in the fourth quarter. He scored 12 points in the final quarter. Glenn Davis added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the double-double.
Philadelphia lost their fourth-quarter lead for the second time and are now two games under .500 after they shot their way to push their win-loss streak to an even level. They held the Celtics for most of the fourth period but Pierce did his best to keep the Celtics in the game until the end. In one case, he converted a three-point game, then attempted a lovely Twisting Psychology Article, an off-balanced shot that reduced the deficit to 92-90 with 2:42 seconds remaining. He committed his fifth foul despite Lou Williams’ lying down with the ball in the basket. Williams made his free-throw bouns to give the Sixers a five-point lead once again.
Davis kept the 17 foot jumper wide open to score at 95-92. Pierce then saved and sank two of his free throws and cut the lead to one at 95-94.
The Igoudala jumper with 6.8 seconds looked to put the Sixers safely out of reach.
He had Pierce guard him and was able to run away dribbling and hitting a jumper that faded just above the free-throw line. The Sixers celebrated wildly on the bench as he pumped his fists at his team mates. He has scored the most goals for the Sixers while Andre Miller has 21.
Philadelphia didn’t receive big productions from Elton Brand when they ran. Brand suffered from a dislocated right shoulder in December and appears to have not fully recovered from it. He played wearing a protective covering over his shoulder and did not score in just 8 minutes of action when he was off the bench.