05/26/2012 07:44 pm ET

Celtics vs. 76ers LIVE Score, Updates: Game 7 Matchup Features Paul Pierce, Andre Iguodala

The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers square off with a trip to South Florida on the line in a Game 7 on Saturday night in Boston. Unlike the case in most other professions, whichever club is heading down to Miami is doing so to keep on working rather than relax. Of course, the losing side is also free to hit South Beach for some R&R. Maybe J.R. Smith will pick them up at the airport?

Eastern Conference Semifinal
Game 7
Boston Celtics
Philadelphia 76ers
TD Garden, Boston, MA
8:00 p.m. EST

With the back-and-forth series having come down to a winner-take-all Game 7, each team thinks that it has the key E-ttribute on its side. Paul Pierce and the veteran Celtics hope that experience will be the deciding factor. This isn't the first rodeo for Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen or even Rajon Rondo. On the other bench, Sixers coach Doug Collins is banking on his youthful team's energy. Aside from Elton Brand, the key contributors are young and should have little trouble bouncing back for another game.

The 76ers forced this decisive contest with a 82-75 win in Philly in front of delirious home crowd, stirred both by the appearance of Allen Iverson and the fact that Garnett had labeled them as fair weather fans. Can the Sixers win two in a row? Or will Boston's home crowd see that they defend home court.

Energy or experience? Which prevails?


05/26/2012 10:45 PM EDT

KG On Facing Heat

"Let's Do It" No mention of bar fights or ball fights was made.

05/26/2012 10:42 PM EDT

Celtics WIN!

Boston has defended its home court to win 85-75 to advance to face the Miami Heat.

05/26/2012 10:42 PM EDT

The Clock Is Running

@ ESPNChrisPalmer :

Allen Iverson is not walking through that door. He's at Fridays.

05/26/2012 10:40 PM EDT

@ Pflanns :

Fourth quarter Rondo: 11 points and 4 assists.

05/26/2012 10:39 PM EDT

Free Throw Game

Rondo back at the line. He hits a pair to push lead to 10. Philly calls time with 53.7 seconds left.

05/26/2012 10:38 PM EDT


Holiday drives to the rim out of the timeout, no 3 look. He's stripped and the ball is out off his leg. Celtics ball.

05/26/2012 10:35 PM EDT

Timeout Philly

Garnett nails the second of two FTs to give Boston an 81-73 lead with 57 seconds remaining.

05/26/2012 10:35 PM EDT

Empty Trips

Celtics turn the ball over but manage to use up loads of clock in the process. 76ers playing solid defense (getting the TO) but not rushing them. Holiday then misses a quick shot.

05/26/2012 10:34 PM EDT

Still Time?

Holiday drains a three as we're under two minutes. It's 80-73.

05/26/2012 10:33 PM EDT

MVP Chants

Rondo is hitting free throws and the crowd is cheering.