Boston, MA (Sports Network) - With about two minutes left, and his team safely
in line for the win, Brandon Bass walked off the parquet floor at TD Garden to
a standing ovation.
Needing a big performance to wash away the taste of a bad loss, the Celtics
got one from an unlikely source.
Bass scored 18 of his 27 points in the third quarter and the Boston Celtics
beat the Philadelphia 76ers, 101-85, Monday night to take a 3-2 lead in their
Eastern Conference semifinal series.
The Celtics, behind a 14-2 run led by Bass, turned a six-point deficit into a
six-point lead in about five minutes in the third quarter and rolled the rest
of the way to earn some revenge for Philly's comeback in Game 4 last Friday.
Kevin Garnett added 20 points, Paul Pierce had 16 and Rajon Rondo scored 13
with 14 assists in the win.
Game 6 is Wednesday night in Philadelphia and Game 7 would be Saturday back in
Boston, if necessary.
Elton Brand led the Sixers with 19 points, just seven in the second half, and
Lavoy Allen scored 12 off the bench.
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