Boston Celtics defeat Philadelphia 76ers, 100-98

PHILADELPHIA - The Big Three were slated to take it easy last night.

Ray Allen was suspended, Kevin Garnett had been sent home, and Paul Pierce was supposed to take the night off.

Pierce, though, persuaded coach Doc Rivers to play him, and he finished with 31 points, providing the deciding field goal and making a key defensive stop in the final seconds of a 100-98 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.

But Pierce, the only Celtic to play in every game this season, prob...