Evan Turner and Kevin Garnett battle for the rebound
The Philadelphia 76ers even up their second round series as they defeat the Boston Celtics in Game 2 at the TD Garden 81-80. This is the first playoff win for the 76ers in Boston since 1982 when they took Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals at the old Boston Garden to win the series 4-3. The series shifts to Philadelphia for Game 3 on May 17.
Jrue Holiday led the 76ers with 18 points, 3 assists and 2 steals. Andre Iguodala added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Rookie Lavoy Allen off the bench added 10 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Evan Turner also scored 10 points with 6 rebounds. Spencer Hawes pulled down 10 rebounds with 8 points and 2 blocks. Lou Williams added 8 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.
Ray Allen off the bench led the Celtics with 17 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals. Kevin Garnett finished with a double-double 15 points and 12 rebounds. Brandon Bass added 12 points and 5 rebounds. Rajon Rondo dished out 13 assists with 8 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steals. Avery Bradley and Mickael Pietrus also scored 8 points. Paul Pierce added 7 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals.
In Oklahoma City, the second round in the Western Conference begins with the Oklahoma City Thunder winning Game 1 of their second round series in a blowout over the Los Angeles Lakers at the Chesapeake Energy Arena 119-90. Game 2 will be played in Oklahoma City on May 17. Russell Westbrook led the Thunder with 27 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists and 2 steals. Kevin Durant added 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Recently crowned Sixth Man of the Year James Harden off the bench added 17 points and 2 steals. Daequan Cook scored 8 points. Thabo Sefolosha, Nazr Mohammed and Cole Aldrich each scored 7 points. Andrew Bynum led the Lakers with a double-double 20 points and 10 rebounds. Kobe Bryant also scored 20 points. Metta World Peace who was jeered by the Oklahoma City crowd after his actions during their last regular season meeting scored 12 points. Pau Gasol added 10 points and 7 rebounds. Matt Barnes off the bench scored 8 points.
2012 NBA Playoffs Bracket (as of 12:35 PHT)
#1 Spurs vs #5 Clippers
Game 1: May 16, 9:30 am PHT on NBA Premium TV
#2 Thunder vs #3 Lakers (Thunder lead series 1-0)
Game 2: May 17, 9:30 am PHT on Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV
#4 Celtics vs #8 76ers (Series tied 1-1)
Game 3: May 17, 7:00 am PHT on NBA Premium TV
#2 Heat vs #3 Pacers (Heat lead series 1-0)
Game 2: May 16, 7:00 am PHT on NBA Premium TV