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Sixers Let Game Slip Away in Second Half Against Celtics

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    Sixers Let Game Slip Away in Second Half Against Celtics
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    Sixers let game slip away in second half against Celtics

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    The box score shows an imbalanced fourth quarter when the Sixers were outscored 33-20 by the Celtics. 

    The play-by-play breakdown demonstrates the Celtics breaking an 84-84 tie with seven minutes remaining to end the game on an 18-8 run. 

    The stat line tells the story of the Sixers giving up seven points to Kyrie Irving in less than four minutes to close out the game. 

    That's how the Celtics took over the Sixers home opener. The Sixers felt the game slip away earlier than that. 

    "We struggled in the third to continue what we had going," Jerryd Bayless said. "We didn't hold everything together like we should have."

    The Sixers led the Celtics 50-46 at halftime. JJ Redick had matched Irving's 12 points and the Sixers had only given up four points off turnovers, a needed improvement from their first game. 

    They jumped ahead by nine, 65-56, with 4:35 to play in the third. That's when they noticed the change. The Sixers went scoreless for a two-minute stretch. The Celtics failed to hit a field goal during that stretch (0 for 4), but they scored six points off free throws. The Sixers didn't take advantage of the Celtics' shooting skid; instead, they hit one, too (0 for 3 from the field, three turnovers). 

    "That was our chance to build that lead," Redick said. "We were getting stops and we couldn't get anything going offensively. It seemed like we were stuck at 65 for what seemed like forever. It was a seven-point game and we were getting stops and we never could push it past that, and it ended up being a three-point game to start the fourth. That was for sure when the momentum started shifting."

    The Sixers shot 39.1 percent from the field in the fourth while the Celtics were an efficient 64.7 percent. The Sixers fell flat from long range (1 for 6) and took just two free throws. The Celtics, meanwhile, scored 12 points from three (4 for 8) and went 7 for 7 at the line. In addition to Irving's offensive burst, Al Horford and Shane Larkin combined for 17 points in the quarter. 

    "My mind goes to stops and not fouling," Brett Brown said. "I think we fouled too much." 

    This loss emphasizes the importance of holding onto a lead when it's in the Sixers' grasp instead of having to play catch up. Not when their roster is newly constructed and they are looking to young players down the stretch. Not when they are facing a a player like Irving who can take over at will, especially when he sees a window of opportunity. 

    "Come on, that's winning time," Irving said of the fourth.