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7:30PM EST Friday Nov 09, 2012

PHI (4-2) at BOS (2-3)

76ers at Celtics

Rajon Rondo admitted on a local radio show that he doesn't have time for friends on the basketball court. Considering that there is no love lost between the Boston Celtics and Atlantic Division rival Philadelphia 76ers, it's a safe assumption that the ultra-competitive point guard won't change his stance during Friday's game in Beantown. "Anything I do, I want to win," Rondo said on the "Mut and Merloni" program on Thursday. "I don't have time for friends. I don't talk to a lot of these guys (the opponents) in the offseason, so why should (I) talk to them on the court and try to be their friend?"

The teams certainly weren't friendly last season when they stretched their Eastern Conference semifinal series to seven heated games before the Celtics finally advanced. This season, Boston is starting to get it together after posting a 100-94 victory over winless Washington on Wednesday to complete a home-and-home sweep. Philadelphia also evened its record with a 77-62 triumph over New Orleans on Wednesday.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, CSP (Philadelphia), CSNE (Boston)

ABOUT THE 76ERS (2-2): Jrue Holiday has enjoyed being the focal point of Doug Collins' offense this season. The 22-year-old is logging more minutes, is averaging 18.0 points and has more assists (38) than the combined effort of the rest of his teammates (32). The 76ers have yet to score more than 88 points in a game this season and are averaging a league-worst 83.3, but a swarming defense has allowed them to split their first four contests.

ABOUT THE CELTICS (2-2): Kevin Garnett isn't concerned about Boston's slow start, noting that one can't rush chemistry. Never one to leave well enough alone, the outspoken Garnett then issued an expletive-filled rant at Comcast - a cable/Internet/phone service provider which is based out of Philadelphia. After a sluggish start to the season, veteran guard Jason Terry shot 7 of 15 from the field for 16 points on Wednesday.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Philadelphia guard Jason Richardson, who is nursing an ankle injury, is expected to return to the lineup for Saturday's game versus Toronto.

2. Rondo has recorded 28 straight games with double-digit assists.

3. The 76ers, who were a woeful 4 of 22 from 3-point range on Wednesday, saw their performance dip from 36 to 31 percent from beyond the arc or the season.

Celtics 88, 76ers 81

Poll

Who will win this game?

Odds
SpreadMoneylineTotal
Boston-5 12  990099900
179.50
o 100 u 9900
Philadelphia+5 12  100100
Consensus: Boston: 53.54%     Philadelphia: 46.46%
Season Series

Nov 09 2012 Philadelphia 106 @ Boston 100

Dec 07 2012 Boston 94 @ Philadelphia 95

Dec 08 2012 Philadelphia 79 @ Boston 92

Mar 05 2013 Boston 109 @ Philadelphia 101

Boston Stats Philadelphia
2-2 Vs 2-2
98.8 Points / Game 95.3
48.9 Field Goal % 41.4
38.5 3 Point % 29.0
73.8 Free Throw % 78.3
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