The Sixers were able to finish up the home portion of their schedule just the way they started it -- with a win. The Sixers closed out their slate at the Wells Fargo Center on Monday night with a 113-108 win over the Celtics (see Instant Replay). The victory was the Sixers’ 18th of the season overall and 10th at home. “It is a good tribute to reward guys who took some hits this year being under the microscope more than any of us imagined,” Sixers head coach Brett Brown said. “We found ways to stay together. To win at home and beat Boston is always a good thing.” The Sixers could have breathed a little easier down the stretch if they hadn’t missed 6 of 14 free-throw attempts in the fourth quarter or committed three late turnovers. Still, the young group was able to find a way to take down the Celtics for the third time this season. “We wanted to close it out better but we couldn’t,” Brown said. “We missed free throws, [Rajon] Rondo was Rondo and the [Chris] Johnson kid made some shots, but I am pleased we found a way to win our last game in front of our home fans.” Rondo finished with eight points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds. Kelly Olynyk led all scorers with 28 points. Brown got great play from his guards. Michael Carter-Williams led the Sixers with 21 points on 9 of 13 shooting and he was the team’s leading rebounder with 14. “He had a hell of a game,” Brown said of Carter-Williams. “He gets to the paint. He can rise up and shoot over people. He had one long contested two that I thought was a poor shot, but other than that he was excellent. “He arguably is the best defensive rebounding rookie guard statistically in the history of the game. His ability to lead a break after he rebounds makes him unusually really good.” Thirteen of Carter-Williams' boards came on the defensive end Monday night. He averages 6.1 rebounds a game, tops among rookies this season.
Guards give Sixers win over Celtics in home finale
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