Monday, December 22, 2014

Leftover Sixers Tidbits

Leftovers Sixers tidbits

Leftover Sixers Tidbits

Some leftover Sixers tidbits from Monday's victory:

♦ This Sixers-Celtics series is first NBA postseason series ever to start with one-point decisions in both Games 1 and 2.

♦ Before 2012, the Sixers and Celtics had played just three one-point playoff games in their history.

♦ The Sixers had only two one-point games (both losses) in the 66-game regular season. They have played three (consecutively, by the way) so far in the postseason (2-1).

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♦ Philly was 1-10 in game decided by five points or fewer during the season. They are 3-1 in such postseason contests.

♦ The Sixers outscored the Celtics by 58-37 in the 30:21 that Lavoy Allen was on the court.

♦ The Sixers have forced 30 more turnovers (118) than they committed (88) in the postseason.

♦ The Celtics shot 65 percent in the fourth quarter and lost.

Bob Vetrone Jr.
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

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