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NBA Game Summary - Philadelphia at Boston

10:49 PM, May 26, 2012   |    comments
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Boston, MA (Sports Network) - When Paul Pierce fouled out with 4:16 remaining, the Sixers had an opening to repeat their Game 7 magic from 30 years ago in Boston, but Rajon Rondo wouldn't let the Celtics falter in the deciding game of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Rondo scored 11 of his 18 points in the final quarter, including nine in a row for his team right after Pierce left the game, and the Celtics beat Philadelphia, 85-75, Saturday night.

Rondo, who also had 10 rebounds and 10 assists, recorded his ninth career playoff triple-double.

In the final seconds, fans at TD Garden turned their attention to Boston's next opponent with chants of "Beat the Heat!" Waiting for the Celtics in the conference finals will be LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the rest of the Heat. That series starts Monday night in Miami.

This will be the third straight season that the Heat and Celtics will meet in the playoffs. Boston won in five games in 2010 in the first round and the Heat won in five last year in the semifinals.

Kevin Garnett had 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Brandon Bass scored 16. and Pierce ended with 15 points and nine rebounds.

Andre Iguodala had 18 points, while Jrue Holiday and Elton Brand each scored 15 for the Sixers, who played their first Game 7 since a win over Milwaukee at home in the 2001 Eastern Conference finals. Philadelphia dropped to 1-8 on the road in Game 7s, with that lone win coming at Boston in the 1982 Eastern Conference finals.

Iguodala hit a left corner three-pointer with 4 1/2 minutes left, bringing the Sixers within 71-68. Pierce then plowed into Thaddeus Young and was gone from the game, but Rondo took over offensively.

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