“Tired” Celtics thrash Sleepwalking Sixers 92-79

Was Doug Collins hungry after his Philadelphia 76ers lost to the Boston Celtics on Saturday night?

Let’s hope so, because he’s got a big serving of his own words to eat.

Collins said before the game that Celtics starters  Garnett, Pierce and Jason Terry had played a large amount of minutes in their  careers and there was no way his team should be more tired than Boston.

Dec 8, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics power forward Jared Sullinger (7) drives the ball to the basket against Philadelphia 76ers center Spencer Hawes (00) during the fourth quarter at the TD Garden. The Celtics defeated the 76ers 92-79. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

That being said, his 76ers sleepwalked through the first half, scoring a season low 12 points in the 2nd quarter as they fell to the Celtics 92-79 at TD Garden.  Both teams traveled from Philadelphia after last night’s 1st game of the rare home and home series which concluded this evening in Boston.

Kevin Garnett scored 19 points for the Celtics, who are now tied with the Sixers with a record of 11-9, but his stat line was curiously void of rebounds.  Reserve forward Jeff Green chipped in with 16 points and, yes, no rebounds.  Rajon Rondo and forward Jared Sullinger each scored 7 points and collected 9 boards.  Rondo also dished out 11 assists.

Thadeus Young led all scorers with 22 while Evan Turner, hero of last night’s overtime win in Philadelphia, scored 13 in the losing effort.

Philadelphia has lost 3 of 4, and next hosts the Detroit Pistons on Monday while the Celtics get a few days off before hosting Dallas on Wednesday.

Michael J. Hamm Jr. contributed to this article.

Topics: Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers

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