Boston (23-17) at Philadelphia (21-19)

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  • Game info: 7:30 pm EST Mon Jan 20, 2003
  • TV: TNT
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PHILADELPHIA (TICKER) —The Boston Celtics try to defeat the Philadelphia 76ers twice in the same season for the first time in five years on Monday when the teams face each other at First Union Center.

The 76ers have won 14 of the last 18 meetings with the Celtics but the teams have split two meetings this season, with each winning at home. Boston has not won two games against Philadelphia since the 1997-98 campaign.

The Celtics have won three straight after losing eight of their previous 10. They have not won four in a row since November 20-27.

Boston snapped a three-game road losing streak with a 97-95 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday.

Antoine Walker scored 25 points and Paul Pierce added just 15 but made a clutch jumper with 36 seconds left as the Celtics improved to 9-10 on the road.

Kedrick Brown posted career high of 14 points and 10 rebounds for his first career double-double for Boston, which played with guard Tony Delk and center Tony Battie. Delk has missed three of the last four games with a sprained ankle and Battie has not played in three straight with a sore knee.

Philadelphia has won two of three since a six-game slide and posted an 88-80 victory over the Washington Wizards on Saturday.

Allen Iverson scored 26 points, Eric Snow added 19 points and Keith Van Horn had 17, 11 rebounds and five steals for the Sixers, who had lost 10 of their previous 12.

Philadelphia has lost five of its last six home games to fall to 14-7 at First Union Center this season.

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