The game was going down to the end. This was where the Boston Celtics were supposed to take over, use their experience and their veteran leadership to put away the young and inexperienced 76ers.

Boston had done this in Game 1 Saturday, overcoming a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Sixers by a point.

And the Celtics were poised to do it again in Game 2 Monday.

Yet there was rookie Lavoy Allen banking in a long jumper as the shot clock was about to expire with four minutes left to break a tie. There was Jrue Holiday hitting a 3-pointer with 1:57 left, which came right after the Celtics' Avery Bradley hit one to give Boston the lead.