Boston Celtics defeat Philadelphia 76ers, 113-103

PHILADELPHIA - By the buzzer, Celtics guard Tony Allen had responded to his coach's challenge.

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Following an 80-70 win against Cleveland last Sunday, Celtics coach Doc Rivers challenged Allen to step up his game after he missed 6 of 7 shots. Allen is also overcoming left knee surgery that caused him to miss the last 48 games last season. But in a 113-103 win over the 76ers last night, the 6-foot-4-inch, 213-pounder finished with 8 points on 3-of-6...

PHILADELPHIA - Celtics forward Paul Pierce fondly remembers how his then-struggling team played the role of spoiler last season by winning a road game against the eventual NBA champion Spurs. Now, in just a short time, the Celtics have flipped roles to become an elite team with a bull's-eye on its back.
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And by the looks of the Celtics' 113-103 win against the struggling Philadelphia 76ers last night at Wachovia Center, they are still adjusting to...