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Sixers beat Celtics behind Carter-Williams
Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer Posted: Saturday, April 5, 2014, 3:01 AM
BOSTON - The 76ers returned to the place of their last road victory and picked up another much-needed win.
This time, they held on to beat the Boston Celtics, 111-102, at TD Garden.
The Sixers improved to 17-59 and snapped a two-game losing streak with Friday nights victory. It also snapped their 13-game road losing streak since besting the Celtics on Jan. 29.
The Sixers can thank Boston-area native Michael Carter-Williams for this victory. More coverageVOTE: Which freshman should the 76ers target?POLL: Who will have the best NBA career?Latest Sixers videos Forum: When will the 76ers be a threat again?
The rookie point guard finished with 24 points, six assists and six rebounds in his homecoming. He did some of his damage after the Celtics closed the gap to three points (89-86) with 6 minutes, 4 seconds remaining.
The 6-foot-6, 185-pounder responded with a layup seven seconds later. Then after stripping Phil Pressley on the ensuing possession, Carter-Williams went on to make a jump shot. He also scored the Sixers next four points on a jumper and two foul shots to give them a 96-90 lead with 3:29 left.
Following his lead, Thaddeus Young scored the next two baskets before Elliot Williams dunk gave the Sixers a 102-92 cushion.
But for the most part, this game a different cast of characters since the teams last encounter at TD Garden.
Evan Turner, who made the game-winner, buzzer-beater on Jan. 29, was traded to the Indiana Pacers on Feb. 20. So was reserve Lavoy Allen. The Sixers also traded Spencer Hawes to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Meanwhile, Bostons Rajon Rondo played in Fridays game. He sat out the Sixers previous trip here because it the second of the Celtics games on back-to-back nights. The former all-star is coming off an anterior cruciate ligament tear he suffered last season.
The 6-foot-1 point guard recorded his second triple-double in three games played. This time, he finished with 11 points, 16 assists and 11 rebounds.
But his heroics were overshadowed by Carter-Willams, who led the Sixers to their second win in four games.
Carter-Williams wasnt the only Sixer making a homecoming.
Rookie center Nerlens Noel is from nearby Everett, Mass. Sixers coach Brett Brown played at Boston University and is from South Portland, Maine.
I just get flooded with memories of so many things, Brown said of his return to Boston.
Brown recalled his days as a high school standout playing in a Boston tournament. He also talked about his family roads trip to watch the Celtics play at the old Boston Garden. And he mentioned his time at Boston University.
Im fond of the fantastic memories that I had in this city, Brown said.
Of the three, Carter-Williams received the most love in Beantown.
The point guard had around 150 well-wishers in the stands. His mother, Mandy Carter-Zegarowski, was even interviewed by CSN New England.
He had an individual performance that gave them something to cheer about.
Sixers center Henry Sims had a career-high 24 points and nine rebounds.
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