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Boston uses strong second half to beat 76ers in preseason

Boston, MA (Sporting Alert) — The Boston Celtics used a strong second half to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 98-78 in their preseason opener at TD Garden on Monday.

Evan Turner had 15 points, 10 rebounds and six assists and Brandon Bass added 15 points and nine rebounds for Boston, who outscored the 76ers 54-30 in the second half on their way to the win.

Tony Wroten scored a game high 19 points, to go along with six rebounds, five assists and two steals, and Hollis Thompson supported with 15 for Philadelphia, who scored just 13 points in the fourth quarter.

Kelly Olynyk collected 14 points, including 2 for 3 from three point, and pulled down nine boards, Marcus Thornton scored 14 points and Jared Sullinger grabbed 13 rebounds and 10 points for the Celtics, who shot 34 percent from the field.

The Sixers went 31-77 for 40 percent shooting from the field, but did gave up 20 points from 28 turnovers.

KOBY FRANZ | Staff Writer

Kobe Franz is a huge sports fan, but loves the Oklahoma City Thunder and the rivalry between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Franz also enjoys spending time with his family.

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