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Thursday May 17, 2012

NBA: Celtics spank 76ers for 2-1 series lead

THE Boston Celtics trounced the Philadelphia 76ers 107-91 on Wednesday to spoil their return home and move ahead 2-1 in the second round East series of the NBA playoffs.

The evergreen Kevin Garnett pushed his 35-year-old body to contribute 27 points and 13 rebounds, while Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo also added double-doubles for the Celtics.

The 76ers ignited the home crowd by taking a 33-28 lead in the first quarter, but the Celtics flipped a switch in the second and never looked back.

Fired by Garnett and a stout defense, the visitors held Philadelphia to just 33 points over the second and third quarters to carry a 23-point lead into the fourth.

Thaddeus Young finished with 22 points to lead the 76ers who will look to rebound at home in Game Four on Friday.

Pierce collected 24 points and 12 rebounds for Boston, with Rondo taking 23 and 14 assists.

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