Boston Celtics defeat Philadelphia 76ers, 105-74
New Orleans guard Chris Paul and the Celtics' Rajon Rondo were expected to be fined by the NBA, but the fines might not exceed the normal amount for technical fouls.
A double technical was assessed to Paul and Rondo after they tangled in the second quarter of the Celtics' 97-87 win over the Hornets Sunday. After the game, Paul and Rondo argued near the Celtics' bench and were separated by team security.
No further action has been determined by the league.
After four games of stifling defense, and four successive wins to open the season, the Celtics expected to be tested by Philadelphia when they visited the Sixers Tuesday night.
The Celtics' .391 opponent field goal percentage was second to Miami (.386), only New Orleans surpassing 40 percent shooting among Celtics foes, and a league-leading points-against average of 81.3 per game. Philadelphia had a league-leading .526 shooting percentage, boosted by a 141-127 overtime ...
The Celtics expected their defense to be tested by the Philadelphia 76ers Tuesday night. Instead, the game turned into another rout, the Celtics taking a 105-74 victory.
The Sixers, who entered the game with a league-leading .526 shooting percentage, shot 36.1 percent, the fourth Celtic opponent to fail to hit the 40 percent shooting mark. The Celtics, who visit Minnesota today, have a 5-0 record and are outscoring opponents by an average of 22 points per game.
In September, Michael Jordan was in Springfield for his induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame. That may be as close as Jordan comes to the Celtics this year, but the Celtics could come a lot closer to him.
Like Jordan himself, most of his NBA accomplishments will never be matched, but these Celtics have a shot at one -- the NBA-record 72-10 mark his Bulls posted during the 1995-96 season.
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