Wednesday , Nov , 24 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Boston Celtics Team Report – November 24

=== Boston Celtics Team Report – November 24 ===

(Sports Network) – The Boston Celtics visit the Philadelphia 76ers tonight
at the Wachovia Center. The Sixers defeated Boston in the season-opener for
both teams, but the Celtics have won four of the last seven meetings. Boston.
though, has lost two of its last three and seven of its last 10 in

Boston dropped its third game in four tries on Tuesday, as they fell 106-96 to
undermanned Indiana Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse. Indiana played without Ron
Artest, Jermaine O’Neal and Stephen Jackson who are serving suspensions for
their conduct in the brawl at Detroit on Friday.

Paul Pierce benefited the most from the absence of Artest, as he tallied a
team-high 20 points for the Celtics despite a sluggish first half. Artest, the
NBA’s defending Defensive Player of the Year, has given Pierce fits through
the course of his career.

Ricky Davis added 15 points with seven rebounds for the Celtics, while Gary
Payton recorded 14 points to go with eight assists in a losing effort.

Boston, which will host LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday, is
just 1-1 away from home this season.