Coming off a dominating performance that helped end the Atlanta Hawks’ season, Boston Celtics all-star Kevin Garnett did not let up on the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Saturday night.
Garnett registered a season-high 29 points to go with 11 rebounds to lead the Celtics to a hard-fought 92-91 victory over the Sixers to take a 1-0 series lead. But it was not all Garnet. Point guard Rajon Rondo his eighth career playoff triple double of 17 assists, 13 points and 12 rebounds.
With 3.4 seconds to play, Rondo received the inbounds pass and ran out the clock before a Philadelphia player could foul him to stop the clock.
Philly got 19 points from Andre Iguodala scored 19 points and 16 from Evan Turner. The 76ers left the building thinking what could have been. They led 77-67 with 11 minutes to play.But it was then that Boston seized the game. The Celts went on a 23-7 to take an 90-84 advantage and Philadelphia never could regain the lead.
The Sixers get another shot in Game 2 Monday in Boston.