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Jeff Green leads Celtics past 76ers, 114-108

Philadelphia 76ers' Michael Carter-Williams, right, reaches for the ball while being guarded by Boston Celtics' Jeff Green, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Philadelphia. The Celtics won 114-108. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
February 5, 2014 7:14:15 PM PST
Jeff Green scored 17 of his 36 points in the third quarter in the Boston Celtics' 114-108 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.

Jared Sullinger had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Boston. The Celtics improved to 17-33, winning their second straight game after losing 19 of 22.

Rajon Rondo added eight points, 11 assists and nine rebounds to help Boston improve to 2-6 since he returned from a serious knee injury. Brandon Bass had 18 points for the Celtics.

Thaddeus Young had 20 points, and Tony Wroten added 18 for Philadelphia. The 76ers (15-35) have lost four straight and 14 of their last 17 games. They also have lost six in a row at home for the first time since the 1996-97 season.

Spencer Hawes added 13 points and 13 rebounds for Philadelphia and Lavoy Allen had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Green scored 13 straight points during a 2-minute stretch in the third quarter, capped by a 3-pointer that gave the Celtics their biggest lead to that point, 83-71 with 3:44 left.

Wroten made a 58-footer at the buzzer to cut it to 88-82 entering the fourth.

Philadelphia got as close as three points in the final quarter on Wroten's two free throws with 8:35 left but never got closer. The Sixers had a chance to get it to two points, but Evan Turner missed a baseline jumper with 1:13 left, and Sullinger converted a three-point play on the ensuing possession off an from Rondo with 59.4 seconds left to give Boston a 112-105 advantage.

The Sixers haven't won since last Wednesday's buzzer-beating 95-94 win at Boston.

Notes: Philadelphia guard Michael Carter-Williams was selected the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for January. It was the second honor for Carter-Williams, who also was recognized in November to join Allen Iverson as the only Sixers to earn the award multiple times. Carter-Williams averaged 16.5 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists last month. ... Sixers guard James Anderson (back contusion) left in the first half but returned after halftime. ... After matching a season worst with 26 turnovers Monday night in a 108-102 loss at Brooklyn, the Sixers committed 16 against Boston. Philadelphia entered averaging an NBA-worst 17.4 turnovers.


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