Boston Celtics defeat Philadelphia 76ers, 113-110

It can be easy to forget about Old Reliable.

But tonight, Paul Pierce was there when the Celtics needed him most.

Pierce led the Celtics with 27 points, 6 assists, and 6 rebounds in a 113-110 win against Philadelphia. He was so effective that Celtics coach Doc Rivers felt the need to keep him on the floor for every second of the second half.

"Paul, to me, was the savior of the game," said Rivers. "I played him way too many minutes (42), but you do that every once in ...

Paul Pierce believes he had little choice as he defended Philadelphia’s Andre Iguodala late in the Celtics’ 113-110 win last night.

“You know, it’s what we talk about,’’ Pierce said of drawing a charging call that set up the clinching possession. “I mean, if the charge is there the coach wants us to step up and take the charge. That’s pretty much the only thing I could’ve done in that situation. It was like Iguodala coming at you full speed, he’s so athletic, that once ...

Things are not going quite as the Celtics envisioned. But they are adjusting to circumstances, improvising when unexpected situations occur.

Last night, the Celtics did some role-switching. Rajon Rondo provided a key, last-second jumper and Paul Pierce the clinching defensive stops as they took a 113-110 win over the Philadelphia 76ers at TD Garden.

Rondo has hardly established himself as a perimeter threat and has converted only four free throws this season. But, wi...

Rajon Rondo took over in the fourth quarter of the Celtics’ 113-110 win over the 76ers at TD Garden last night. Coach Doc Rivers trusted Rondo enough to allow the point guard, who just signed a $55 million contract, to play the entire quarter with the game in the balance.

That wasn’t the case Sunday against the Knicks or Friday against the Magic. Rivers said he felt more comfortable with Eddie House in the game defensively, which had to serve as smelling salt to Rondo, ...