BOSTON, MA - MARCH 06: Paul Pierce #34 celebrates the win with teammate Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics on March 6, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Celtics defeated the Houston Rockets 97-92 in overtime. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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In a matchup with significant Atlantic Division implications, the Philadelphia 76ers maintained their hold on the division lead with an easy, 103-71 win over the Boston Celtics. The 32-point throttling gave the Sixers a two-game lead over the Celtics in the Atlantic Division and sent a clear and convincing message.
Evan Turner led all scorers with 26 points and nine rebounds, pacing the Sixers in the win. He was joined in double figures by five others, with the bench accounting for a significant amount of the scoring load. Elton Brand added 18 points, Lou Williams scored 15, Nicola Vucevic finished with 14, and Andre Iguodala and Jrue Holiday each accounted for 10 points.
The Celtics, on the other hand, struggled throughout. Philadelphia put Boston in a 33-17 hole that the Celtics never recovered from, resulting in a lopsided game. Paul Pierce scored a team-high 16 points in the loss, with Brandon Bass adding 12 points. JaJuan Johnson was the only other Celtic in double figures, with 10 points off the bench.