The Celts have frequently been indicated as old, grizzled veterans - their "large three" of Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce have 44 many years of National basketball association experience included in this.

But Saturday evening in Game 1 of the National basketball association playoff series, they switched back the time to help keep pace having a fast and youthful Philadelphia 76ers squad, winning, 92-91, at Boston Garden.

In nearly a replica of his last bet on the very first round from the Atlanta Hawks, Kevin Garnett performed inspired basketball, scoring 29 points (a season high),

and added eleven defensive rebounds. Also, he obtained the Celtics' first six area goals.

Boston also received an remarkable performance from guard Rajon Rondo, who accomplished his eighth career triple-double (13 points, 12 rebounds and 17 assists).

In giving Garnett and a few of the other "bigs" time for you to relaxation at key times in the overall game, Boston coach Doc Rivers' selection changes stored the 76ers constantly off balance - keeping their momentum going even while they rotated inside a more compact selection with three pads.

Actually, Boston demonstrated the greater nimble and opportunistic team in transition - scoring 14 points to Philadelphia's 13. Rondo and fellow guard Avery Bradley were

instrumental here.
 


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