Last night's was the type of game the Celtics have been waiting for from Jeff Green. Actually, they do not want Green to miss every 3-pointer he attempts and go 3 for 9 from the field. But Green showed he has plenty of ways to make up for inaccurate shooting during a 99-82 win over Philadelphia at the Garden.

"We got on him a little bit the last couple days about defense and rebounding,'' coach Doc Rivers said. "And I thought he answered [last night]. And for him, it has to be a repetitive act now. He has to do it next game and the game after that. It has to become a habit.''

Actually, Green said, Rivers has been exhorting him since Feb. 24, when he joined the Celtics.