Boston Celtics defeat Philadelphia 76ers, 116-89

What a difference a half makes.

The Celtics improved to an NBA-best 32-6 with a 116-89 victory over the 76ers last night at TD Banknorth Garden. Boston, which is 18-3 at home, was outscored, 57-54, in the first half before outscoring Philadelphia, 62-32, in the second.

Boston guard Ray Allen scored a game-high 23 points and nailed five 3-pointers, while forward Paul Pierce scored 22 points despite sitting out the fourth quarter.

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