May 26, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) during the second quarter in game seven of the Eastern Conference semifinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

The Rondo Show: Boston Wins Game 7, Will Meet Heat

The Celtics are on to the Eastern Conference Finals after grinding out an 85-75 win over the Sixers, thanks in large part to Rajon Rondo.

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Celtics Vs. 76ers, 2012 NBA Playoffs Game 7: Rajon Rondo Pilots Boston To 85-75 Win

After struggling to score for the better part of seven games, the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers finally heated up late in the fourth quarter of Game 7. And one of the most improbable things possible in the series happened: Rajon Rondo came through in critical moments with his jumper, giving the Celtics an 85-75 victory and the series win.

Rondo, long lamented as a poor and reluctant shooter, hit consecutive shots from more than 23 feet out in the middle of a personal 9-2 run that followed Paul Pierce's sixth foul on a charge and extended Boston's lead from 71-68 to 80-70. Rondo had all 11 of his fourth-quarter points after Pierce's exit. Rondo's 18 points, 10 assists, and 10 rebounds gave him his second triple-double of the series and ninth in his postseason career, tying him with Wilt Chamberlain for fourth all-time.

Boston got double-digit scoring nights from all five of its starters, making up for a bench that put in just seven points, and Pierce (15 points, nine rebounds), Kevin Garnett (18 points, 13 rebounds), and Ray Allen (11 points, including two late threes) all contributed to giving the Big Three another trip to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they will play the Miami Heat.

Andre Iguodala gave the Sixers 18 points, and Jrue Holiday and Elton Brand each chipped in 15, but Philly shot just 35 percent as a team in the game, and had no answers for Rondo's nascent shot(s) late in the game.

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Paul Pierce Is Probably Just Stretching

The game is out of Paul Pierce's hands after he fouled out midway through the fourth, but he's having a good ol' time over on the bench. After all, it's the Rajon Rondo show now, and the Celtics are thriving.

Pierce is looking pretty happy about the turn of events.

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NBA Playoffs 2012, Celtics Vs. 76ers Game 7 Halftime Score: C's Up, 41-33

The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers have done very little to advance the aesthetic appeal of the game of basketball in their Eastern Conference Semifinals series. Fortunately, their final game is half over, and the Celtics lead in another slobberknocker 41-33.

Brandon Bass leads all scorers with 10 points. He is, in fact, the only player in double digits in points in the game. Kevin Garnett, victimized by the vicious effects of aging and the rim on a dunk attempt in the first half, has nine points and seven rebounds. Rajon Rondo has five points, five assists, and five boards.

For the Sixers, who had 13 points in the second quarter, Elton Brand (eight points), Andre Iguodala (seven points), and Jrue Holiday (seven points, three assists, two boards, two steals) have led the way. But Philly is shooting a pitiful 28.2 percent from the field.

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Towel Waving Nerd Waves Towel During Game 7

A Game 7 is a unique fandom experience: the realization that months of the peaks and valleys that come with following a team on a daily basis for months has reached a do-or-die culmination is enough to turn any fan into, well, a towel waving nerd.

This guy definitely knows what I'm talking about.

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Photo: Celtics, 76ers Have Some Game 7 History

The second round playoff series between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers has been unquestionably ugly through the first six games, with two stellar defensive teams waging total war against the ideals of aesthetically pleasing basketball. While this series has been hard to watch, the games have been close and a Game 7 this late into the playoffs is always something to cherish.

Before we tip-off on Saturday night, here's a quick reminder of the playoff history these two franchises have. They are no strangers to playing a Game 7.

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Yep, that would be Julius Erving and Larry Bird at each others throats in the '80s. These teams pushed playoff series to a seventh game in both 1981 and 1982, with Boston winning the former and Philly winning the latter.

If that photo is any indication, tonight should be fun.

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Sixers Vs. Celtics, Game 7: The Fate Of A Compelling East Finals Hangs In The Balance

Only the Celtics can give us a compelling Eastern Conference Finals against the Heat. Sorry, Sixers.

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NBA Playoffs 2012, Celtics Vs. 76ers Game 7: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Celtics and 76ers will play for the right to go to the Eastern Conference Finals in a series-deciding Game 7.

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