The Sixers were in control for most of Game 1 before the Celtics showed their playoff experience in the second half and win the game 92-91 to remain undefeated at home this postseason. Kevin Garnett led the way for Boston with a season-high 29 points on 12 of 20 shooting while Rajon Rondo recorded another triple double by posting 13 points to go along with 12 rebounds and 17 assists.
If Philadelphia has any chance of taking Game 2 from Boston, they’ll need to figure out a way to contain Garnett and Rondo better then they did in Game 1. Garnett is one of the hottest players in the NBA right now and seemed to be open for a majority of his shots–which is inexcusable for a team as talented as the Sixers.
They managed to overcome one of the best teams in the NBA in the Chicago Bulls and there’s no reason why they can’t do the same to the Celtics. However, if Philadelphia plays the rest of the series like they did in the second half of Game 1 with poor defense and shot selection–this could end up being a long series.