Celtics fall at the buzzer
Evan Turner had 16 points and eight assists and hit a runner in the lane at the buzzer to lift the visiting Philadelphia 76ers past the Boston Celtics Wednesday night, 95-94.
Spencer Hawes scored 20 points and collected eight rebounds and Thaddeus Young scored 16 points for the 76ers, who snapped a three-game losing streak. James Anderson scored 13 points and Michael Carter-Williams contributed 10 points and seven assists for Philadelphia.
Jared Sullinger racked up 24 points and 17 rebounds for the Celtics, who have lost four straight and 19 of 22. Jeff Green scored 18 points and Kris Humphries added 13 points and nine rebounds off the bench but missed a jumper on Boston's last possession to set up Turner's buzzer-beater.
The Celtics wiped out most of an 11-point deficit in the third quarter and pulled even at 74-74 on Chris Johnson's 3-pointer 31 seconds into the fourth quarter. Boston was up by as many as eight points early in the final period before the 76ers surged back and tied it on a Carter-Williams free throw with a minute left, then got the game-winner from Turner despite going just 2-of-6 from the foul line over the last 1:39.
The 76ers shot just 32 percent in the first quarter but were only down by three, and Hawes hit back-to-back 3-pointers to set off a 30-point second quarter as Philadelphia took a 53-47 lead into the break. Another Hawes 3-pointer pushed the lead to 61-50 early in the third quarter before the Celtics began their rally.
GAME NOTES: Boston PG Rajon Rondo sat out the second game of the back-to-back set, as he has regularly done since returning from a torn ACL. ... Philadelphia was just 14-of-25 from the free-throw line. ... The Celtics were swept for the ninth time in 13 back-to-back sets this season.