The Sixers took their only season series on Monday night with a 113-108 win over the Boston Celtics in their home finale at the Wells Fargo Center. The victory was the Sixers’ third of the season over the Celtics.
The Sixers got a gift from Chris Johnson with 0.9 seconds remaining when he pulled up for a game-tying three-pointer that rattled in, but his foot was out of bounds when he pulled up for the shot.
The Sixers are now 18-63 with one game remaining in the regular season.
Henry Sims made a 12-foot baseline jumper with 25.1 seconds remaining to put the Sixers up 110-105.
On Boston’s ensuing possession, the Celtics had a five-second violation on the inbounds pass to give the Sixers the ball back and help them hold on for the win.
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Michael Carter-Williams had a double-double with 21 points and 14 rebounds. Of Carter-Williams’ boards, 13 of them came on the defensive end of the floor. He also had six assists and four steals.
Tony Wroten had quite a game as well, scoring 20 points. The 63.6 percent free-throw shooter also had a good night at the line, making 6 of 7 from the charity stripe.
Kelly Olynyk scored a game-high 28 points for the Celtics, while Jeff Green added 27 points of his own.
Rajon Rondo flirted with a triple-double with eight points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds.
The Sixers scored 64 points in the paint compared to Boston’s 36. They also won the fast-break battle, 23-8.
Take a bow
With 4:47 to play, Thaddeus Young hit a straight-away three-pointer to put the Sixers up 102-96.
Young shot poorly for the game (5 of 16), but he did finish with 15 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
The Sixers will end the season as they began: A date against the defending champion Miami Heat.
With the Heat already losing the Eastern Conference’s race for the No. 1 seed to the Indiana Pacers, Wednesday’s tilt will be meaningless for Miami. LeBron James and Chris Bosh did not suit up for the Heat’s game on Monday against the Washington Wizards and it is likely they will do the same in the regular-season finale.
The Sixers split the previous two meetings this season, winning on opening night by four points and losing on Jan. 17 by 15.