Wednesday , Mar , 08 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

76ers head to Beantown for showdown with Celts

(Sports Network) – One of the most storied rivalries in professional sports
resumes tonight, as the Boston Celtics welcome the Philadelphia 76ers to TD
Banknorth Garden.

This is the third meeting of the season between the Atlantic Division rivals.
In the two previous contests, the Celtics beat Philadelphia, 110-103, on
November 30th at home, while the Sixers knocked off Boston, 125-124, in triple
overtime on January 13th at the Wachovia Center.

Philadelphia has won four of the last six meetings in this series. The Sixers
have lost three of five and four of their last seven at Boston.

The Sixers are scheduled to host the Celtics on April 7th in the fourth and
final meeting of the campaign between the teams.

Philadelphia will try and rebound from a tough loss. On Sunday, Stephen
Jackson had 15 points, including the game-winning basket with 2.9 seconds
remaining, to lift the Indiana Pacers over the 76ers, 94-93, at the Wachovia

All-Star Allen Iverson finished with 33 points and nine assists and Chris
Webber registered 17 points and five rebounds in the loss to Indiana for the
Sixers, who lost for just the second time since the All-Star break.

The 76ers, who are 5-2 since the All-Star break and seeded seventh in the
East, are just 11-17 as the visitor this season. They have won two of their
last three contests on the road.

Boston, meanwhile, posted a 116-115 overtime win against the Washington
Wizards on Tuesday night.

Paul Pierce had 31 points, including the game-winning jumper as the buzzer
sounded at the Verizon Center. Ryan Gomes netted a career-high 27 points and
pulled down nine rebounds for the Celtics, who have won four of their last six
games. Wally Szczerbiak collected 23 points in the win.

The Celtics will open a three-game homestand and have won three of their last
five at TD Banknorth Garden. Boston is 17-13 as the host this season.