Saturday , Nov , 22 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Boston Celtics Team Report – November 22

=== Boston Celtics Team Report – November 22 ===

(Sports Network) – The Boston Celtics lost their third straight game on
Friday to Philadelphia 76ers, 87-85, at the Wachovia Center.

Paul Pierce poured in a season-high 33 points for the Celtics, who have
dropped four of their last five contests. Boston has also struggled lately in
the series, losing 15 of the last 19 meetings with Philadelphia.

Allen Iverson made a layup with 3:31 left to play to put the Sixers ahead
83-75, their biggest lead of the game.

But the Celtics responded with eight unanswered points, capped off by a Pierce
triple, to tie the game at 83-83 with 1:28 remaining.

On the ensuing possession, Aaron McKie made a jumper to put the Sixers back up
by two and they led the rest of the way.

Boston got the ball back and failed to get a shot off before turning the ball
over on a shot clock violation.

The Celtics had one more chance to tie and even take the lead, but Walter
McCarty’s three-pointer came up short with 5.1 seconds left and Iverson made
two free throws to seal the victory as Boston was forced to foul.

The Celtics are off until Monday when the host the Knicks.