The Sixers going into Friday night's very important contest against division rival the Boston Celtics had a very slim lead in the Atlantic Division. They were up only a half a game for the top spot in the division. The Wells Fargo Center for the second time in less than three days have a playoff vibe to it. The Sixers with excellent team play and a very good third quarter beat the Boston Celtics and kept the top spot in the Atlantic Division. The Sixers defeated the Celtics, 99-86. Also with the win the Sixers head coach Doug Collins got his 400th career NBA victory.
The Sixers again had to overcome a slow start in a game. The Sixers trailed by as many as 10 points in the first quarter and were down six at halftime. The Celtics came out and totally took the game right at the Sixers and they looked like a team that really wanted to take over first place in the Atlantic Division. The Sixers though came out to start the second half with no doubt their best quarter of basketball all season as they took control of the game and left no doubt. The Sixers outscored the Celtics in the third quarter, 37-17
The Sixers Elton Brand scored 14 of his 20 points in the third quarter and he totally looked like the younger version as he was gettting up and down the court and he just looked like the best player on the court. If the Sixers could get this kind of play from Brand more well they could be a really tough team to beat in the playoffs. He showed no signs of age at all.
The Sixers have 18 games left in the regular season and they need to continue to play good team basketball on both sides of the court. This team is very well coached and you can see that. Head coach Doug Collins has done a very good job with a team which does not really have a star or go to type of guy on it. Basketball is a team game and this team has showed that and has done what a good team should. This is why the Philadelphia 76ers are leading the Atlantic Division. Doug Collins has just got to hope the team continues to play this good team game the rest of the way in the regular season and into the playoffs. It is going to be very important that the Sixers do win the division because they definitely do not want to see Miami or Chicago in the first round because that will be a tough go.