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In game two of the Boston / Philadelphia home-and-home series, the Sixers fell to the Celtics 92-79 as they continued to struggle with establishing a team identity.
It seems the Sixers were not quite ready to crawl out of their scoring abyss just yet.
After scoring a mere 28 points in the first half -- a record team-low -- and digging themselves into a 20 point deficit, the struggling Sixers offense showed flashes of hope in the second half.
With about four minutes left to play in the third quarter, Philadelphia's offense finally began to click as the team rattled off 13 unanswered points in the wake of a Spencer Hawes jumper to cut the Boston lead down to eight, 65-57.
It was the closest the Sixers would come to closing the gap, and unfortunately for the Sixers, Boston answered with six consecutive points of their own to balloon their lead back up to double-digits.
Thaddeus Young paced the sluggish Sixers with 22 points (9-for-15 from the floor).
After the game Doug Collins told reporters that his team's physical toughness was no match for the mental toughness of the Celtic's big three in Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo. The trio combined for 37 of Boston's 92 points with 19, 13 and seven points respectively.
"The difference between us and a team like the Celtics is that they have championship mental toughness. Kevin Garnett's legs weren't the freshest but his mind was the sharpest. That's what we need to build. Fight through fatigue."
* The Sixers are now 0-4 against teams who shoot 50% or better from the floor.
* Tonight wasn't the first time that Philadelphia has struggled in the second game of back-to-back series. The team now boasts a 2-4 record in the second game of back-to-back nights.
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