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Pierce helps Celtics top slumping 76ers 109-101

Tuesday - 3/5/2013, 11:17pm  ET

Philadelphia 76ers' Thaddeus Young (21) celebrates with Jrue Holiday (11) after he scored against the Boston Celtics in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 5, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr)

AP Sports Writer

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Paul Pierce had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Avery Bradley scored 22 points to lead the Boston Celtics to a 109-101 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.

Kevin Garnett scored 18 points to help the Celtics continued their push up the Eastern Conference standings. The Celtics entered in seventh, but were no more than two games behind the next three teams ahead in the standings.

Led by Pierce, the Celtics controlled the game and used a 9-0 run midway through the fourth quarter to seal the win. Last May, these two teams went to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. On Wednesday, the Sixers lost for the ninth time in 10 games and are well out of the playoff race.

Jrue Holiday had 18 points and 10 assists for the Sixers, and Thaddeus Young had 19 points and 10 rebounds.

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