NBA's two biggest franchises, the Boston Celtics and LA Lakers, found themselves biting the dust as their opponents defeated (in the case of the Lakers, dismantled) them in the early stages of their Conference Semi-Finals. Both Philadelphia and Oklahoma took a siginificant advantage on winning their respective clashes last night, something that would give them more than a fighting chance to upset their opponents. Oklahoma took a 1 -0 while Philadelphia drew level 1-1 but snatching away home advantage from their hosts.
Philadelpbia 76ers 82 - 81 Boston Celtics
Game 2 between the 76ers and Celtics, saw another 1 point victory, but this time the winners were the visiting team, Philadelphia. Jrue Holiday returned to his scoring self with a game high 18 points to lead his team to 1 - 1 tieÂ in this best of 7, Eastern Conference semi-final. Philadelphia led for most of the 48 minutes on court, in a game that failed enthrall offensively until the fourth quarter. Ray Allen came off the bench for the home team, leading them to a final dash in the fourth, which saw them bucket 65% of their field goal attempts. The Celtics did take the lead in the final period, but the time span was brief as a game winning layup from Evan Turner, allowed Philadelphia to slid back to the top with moments to go. Â