Spencer Hawes scores 20, 76ers pull out a close one against Celtics

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The Philadelphia 76ers picked up the victory due in large part to their efficiency handling the basketball, accumulating 26 assists and turning it over only 10 times, in a close 95-94 win over the Boston Celtics. This is only the third win for Philadelphia (15-31) in its last 10 games.

Spencer Hawes put up 20 points on 7-14 shooting, including 4-6 on 3-point attempts. Other top contributors for Philadelphia included Thaddeus Young with 16 points and 5 assists, Evan Turner with 16 points and 8 assists, and James Anderson with 13 points and 6 rebounds. On 9-25 shooting from the field and 6-6 from the free throw line, Jared Sullinger scored 24 points for Boston in the loss. He also recorded 17 rebounds. Jeff Green chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds and Kris Humphries finished with 13 points and 9 rebounds.

Flying in the face of the metrics, Philadelphia, ranked 30th in the NBA at avoiding mistakes (TO% of 16.3%), handled the ball well in this game. On the season, the defense of Boston forces the fourth-most turnovers in the league (25.4%). After putting up a sparkling assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.60, the 76ers are 1-0 on the season when eclipsing 2.50 in this category. However, the Celtics are 4-5 when allowing their opponents to achieve such a lofty ratio.

Boston (15-33) has now lost four in a row.

Coming up, the 76ers take on the Atlanta Hawks, who are 23-21 on the season. The Celtics match up against the Orlando Magic, currently sitting at 12-35 this year. The 76ers have a 0-1 record against Atlanta this season. The Celtics have won two of their last three games against Orlando.

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