The Boston Celtics had a tall order facing them on Wednesday against the Philadelphia 76ers: Compensate for the mental errors and futility that saddled them with a Game 2 loss and take a series lead with a road win in Philly.
Somewhat surprisingly, Boston dominated the Sixers, 107-91, to take a 2-1 series lead. Kevin Garnett took over the game after a lackluster performance the last time out, putting up 27 points and 13 rebounds and making up for the illegal screen he set in the final seconds of Game 2 that cost the Celtics the game.
A win in Game 4 will give the Celtics some leeway—and some confidence—entering the tail end of this series. As a result, the pressure is on the Sixers, who have defied expectations by even getting this far but looked like a No. 8 seed on Wednesday.