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News » Rasheed stars for Celtics in Philly homecoming

Rasheed stars for Celtics in Philly homecoming

Rasheed stars for Celtics in Philly homecomingPHILADELPHIA (AP) - Rasheed Wallace keeps making his hometown his stomping ground.

Wallace rooted on the Phillies at Game 5 of the World Series and he popped by to watch Philly boxing great Bernard Hopkins train for an upcoming bout.

Boston's top reserve didn't stop having fun just because it was time to play. Wallace hit six 3-pointers as part of a 20-point effort and the Celtics remained unbeaten with a 105-74 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.

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"We're going to win because of our defense no matter how good our offense is," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said.

Allen didn't score his first field goal until the third quarter and had five points. Garnett made just one basket on seven shots and scored three points when he was yanked with the game out of hand.

Eddie House made four 3s off the bench for the Celtics and scored 12 points. Shelden Williams added 11 points, helping the Celtics bench to a productive night after the starters and Wallace made this one a rout.

Boston went 14 for 20 from 3-point range. The Sixers failed to hit a 3 until Jrue Holiday made one with 1:28 left in the game. The basket only cut Boston's lead to 102-71.

Andre Iguodala led the Sixers with 17 points. Philadelphia missed 15 of 16 3-point attempts.

Thaddeus Young was the only other Sixer in double digits, scoring 11 points as they snapped their modest two-game winning streak.

The Sixers have struggled in two losses against the elite teams in the Eastern Conference (Orlando, Boston).

"They are veterans and we know they know how to play together," Young said.

Wallace, friends with Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins, didn't offer a World Series prediction. The Yankees hold a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.

"We've got the bats for it, we've got the pitching for it," Wallace said.

He was also smart enough to stay out of Hopkins way during an afternoon visit at a local boxing gym. Hopkins, who attended the game, will fight Enrique Ornelas in a light heavyweight bout on Dec. 2 at Temple's Liacouras Center.

"Nah, I didn't get in the ring with him this time," Wallace said. "He's got a fight coming up and I didn't want to damage him or nothing."

Instead, he saved his blows for the 76ers.

Notes: Rivers said he did not expect to hear from the NBA over a postgame incident in Boston involving New Orleans guard Chris Paul and the Celtics' Rajon Rondo. Rondo didn't want to talk about it. ... The Celtics swept the season series (4-0) last season. ... The biggest cheer came for Phillies World Series highlights.

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Added: November 4, 2009


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