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Celtics, Garnett Throttle Sixers in Boston Massacre: Take 2-1 series lead


So much for the Boston Celtics being “old.”

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Yep, the Philadelphia 76ers didn’t wake just one sleeping dog in Game 3 of their playoff series against Boston, they woke up three of them.

After a relatively quiet Game 2, Kevin Garnett was back to his old self, scoring 27 points and grabbing 13 rebounds while leaving Sixers’ center Spencer Hawes in the dust.

Then there was Paul Pierce, who scored 24 points to go with 10 rebounds while basically playing on one leg. Pierce has a sprained MCL in his left knee.

And finally, Rajon Rondo added 23 points and 14 assists to complete Boston’s utter dominance of the Sixers at Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers failed to score over 20 points in two of the four quarters. Thaddeus Young, who has practically been invisible during the first two games of the series, scored three baskets while the rest of the Sixers had only two in the second quarter. As crazy as it sounds, the Sixers actually had a 35-28 lead early in the second, but then the Celtics took over and never looked back.  At one time, Garnett and Co. had a 25-point lead.

Young was the Sixers leading scorer with 22 points, and that’s the only good thing you can say about the Sixers in Game 3.

This is the Boston Celtics team everyone expected to see in the second round. I don’t know what their issue was during the first two games, but it’s almost like this was a different squad on the Wells Fargo Center court. Who knows? Maybe the Celtics took the Sixers lightly in the first two games.

One thing the Celtics didn’t look tonight was old. They’re now up two games to one, and if they continue to play at this pace, the series will be over in five games. The Sixers are such an inexperienced team and nobody expected to take this series, so let’s see what they bring in Game 4 Friday night in Philadelphia. Anything has to be better than than their effort Wednesday night (if you want to even call it effort).


Contact Joe Vallee at jvallee@philly2philly.com

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Photo: Drew Hallowell/Getty Image