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Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce, top, drives to the basket as Philadelphia 76ers' Lou Williams looks on in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 5, 2010, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Rajon Rondo had 16 points and 11 assists, Kevin Garnett scored 22 points and the Boston Celtics handed the Philadelphia 76ers their fifth straight loss, 96-86 on Friday night.

Ray Allen scored 16 points and Glen Davis had 12 for the Celtics. The aging Celtics - they just added Michael Finley - couldn't put away the lowly Sixers until the end.

Rondo missed a dunk down the lane that the Sixers used to score two free throws on the other end and slice the deficit to 90-85. The Celtics didn't let the Sixers score a field goal over the final 3 minutes and sealed it from the free-throw line to win their third straight game.

Lou Williams led the Sixers with 22 points, and Elton Brand had 17.

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