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10:55 PM, May 23, 2012   |    comments
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Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The underdog Philadelphia 76ers have some fight left in them, forcing a deciding Game 7 in the Eastern Conference semifinals with an 82-75 victory over the cold-shooting Boston Celtics.

The eighth-seeded Sixers missed 11 free throws, hit just 1-of-9 from three- point range and were outrebounded 48-37, but nevertheless pulled out a gutty Game 6 win by holding Boston to 33 percent shooting and forcing 17 turnovers.

Philadelphia had five players reach double figures -- led by Jrue Holiday's 20 points -- but it was its defense that has the series headed back to Boston for a winner-take-all battle on Saturday.

Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett provided 24 and 20 points, respectively, for the Celtics, who stayed close by making 20-of-23 from the foul line.

Brandon Bass regressed with an eight-point effort on 2-of-12 shooting just two days after his 27 points sparked Boston to a 101-85 rout and a series lead.


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